New Delhi: A day after being suspended from the Congress for backing PA Sangma’s Presidential nomination, Arvind Netam has told CNN-IBN that the party rejected his appeal for a tribal president. He has predicted it will affect the Congress’s tribal vote bank.
“I had appealed to the Congress for a tribal President. I gave the names of myself, SC Jamir and KC Deo but the Congress didn’t listen. The party is not in a good position in Chattisgarh and the tribal votes will be affected,” Netam said.
He also appealed to Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to support Sangma’s candidature. Netam, however, denied having any plans of joining the NDA.
The Congress had on Thursday suspended Arvind Netam for supporting former Sangma in the presidential elections. The Congress leader was present when Sangma, who is backed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), filed his nomination for the poll.
Netam, who is the chief of Tribal Forum of India which is backing Sangma in the presidential election, was earlier issued a show cause notice for being present at Sangma’s nomination. He is a senior tribal leader and a former Union minister.
Sangma has been projecting himself as a representative of the tribal community and is supported by the BJP, Shiromani Akali Dal, Biju Janata Dal, AIADMK and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha.
He is pitted against Congress-led UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee for the post of the president.