Kolkata, June 26 (IBNS): Presidential candidate PA Sangma on Tuesday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at state secretariat Writers' Building in Kolkata to seek her support for the upcoming election to the titular post.
After meeting Banerjee, Sangma said he will now return with a 'lot of hope' of getting the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo's support.
"I came to Kolkata to meet honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and other party leaders," Sangma said while addressing a press conference after meeting the CM.
"I have come here to request her to support my candidature for the upcoming Presidential election," he said.
"I am happy with the outcome of the meeting," the former Lok Sabha Speaker said.
"I will return with lots of hope with getting support from Mamatadi and TMC," he said.
Railway Minister and TMC leader Mukul Roy said the matter will be discussed at the party level and then a decision will be taken at the 'right time'.
"Presidential candidature PA Sangma came to Kolkata to meet Mamata Banerjee and seek TMC's support for the Presidential election," Roy said at the press conference.
"We have not taken any decision yet. We will discuss the matter at the party level and take decision at right time," he said.
The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) and BJD (Biju Janata Dal) are backing Sangma as the Presidential candidate.
The BJP on June 21 announced the former Lok Sabha Speaker as their candidate for the titular post.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik have also backed Sangma as Presidential candidate.
Mamata Banerjee has opposed United Progressive Alliance (UPA)'s Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee for the titular post.
Pertinently, TMC is a part of Congress-led UPA government.
The Presidential election will take place on July 19.