SP wants third candidate
Both UPA and the NDA have been lobbying with SP to swing the Party’s support to their side, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.india Updated: Jun 27, 2007 20:43 IST
Though the Samajwadi Party (SP) revealed little on Saturday about whom it would support in the coming election for the President, it was learnt that the party was not averse to fielding a third candidate. Both UPA and the NDA have been lobbying with SP to swing the Party’s support to their side.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met SP general secretary in an apparent attempt to garner support for the UPA-Left Presidential nominee, Pratibha Patil.
The SP leader, however, denied that the agenda of the meeting was about the Presidential election, adding that a decision on the issue would be taken during the third front meeting in Chennai on June 18. He added that the PM had talked to SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on the issue of supporting Patil.
In another development, NDA convener George Fernandes met SP leaders including Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday and is believed to have lobbied support for Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, who may be fielded as an independent candidate backed by the NDA.