Sat, 26 May 2012 18:22:35 GMT

Sangma plays 'Obama card' pins hopes on 'hidden votes'

Former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, who is considered an underdog in the presidential race, on Saturday pinned his hopes on "big number of hidden votes" and equated himself with the "black man" Barack Obama making it to the White House.


Sangma plays 'Obama card' pins hopes on 'hidden votes'

"We have (the case of) Barack Obama...Nobody thought a black man would ever occupy White House. If a black man can become the President of America, why can't an adivasi become the President of India," the NCP leader, whose party has refused to back him for the presidential race, said.

Interacting with the members of the Indian Women's Press Corp (IWPC) Sangma said he "hopes" that a consensus would evolve on his candidature as "neither UPA nor NDA has numbers ... Besides there are a big number of hidden votes...you never know."

"Nobody sees who will vote for whom. It is a secret ballot. How can it be a question of whom one would vote," the NCP general secretary promptly replied when asked whether his daughter Agatha Sangma, whould vote for him.

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