New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday distanced itself from the remarks of its tribal leaders, led by former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, opposing the candidature of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader P.A. Sangma for president.
Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said "it was his personal opinion".
Jogi, along with party's tribal leaders, told reporters here that Sangma was "playing into the hands of communal forces represented by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies".
Sangma has sought support from various political parties for his presidential bid.
"One should not declare himself as a presidential candidate. It is such a high office. It has never been demanded by any individual. The country chooses... the electoral colleges decide it. But Sangma has claimed it as tribal leader which is wrong," said Jogi.
On supporting a tribal candidate for presidency, Jogi said the party had not decided yet. "If the party decides for a tribal candidate we will definitely support it."The Congress is in the habit of making all issue "WE vs THEM" with the result that it has become prone to the blackmail of the likes of Mamata Banerjee. India is in terrible condition with labour pains and there may be a major abortion. With the value of the Rupee sinking to historical lows and no end to the pains in sight. It is obvious that the Rupee may go to as low as Rs 60/- to the dollar. Our infamous corruption scams have become headline news throut the world so much so that businessmen are afraid to come to India. We change our laws retrospectively to suit ourselves. There is no rule of law. Why can't the Congress show the world that they are above politics and select an apolitical candidate who would be respected by the whole world. There is no point in taking Jogi's views in account as he himself has been mired in corruption charges. The last choice, Pratibha Patil, was the worst President, India has had since Independence. Let them select a candidate who is respected by everybody and does not hold brief for any political party. I am of the opinion the Mr. Sangma would fit the bill perfectly as although he is from the NCP, his party have already disowned him. Or better still, Dr. Abdul Kalam whom the whole nation wants, except the Congress party