'All Cong MPs from NE to vote for party candidate in prez poll

Union Minister of State for Water Resources Vincent H Pala today ruled out the possibility of former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma winning the Presidential election and said all the Congress MPs from the north east will vote for the candidate selected by the Congress and the UPA for the country's top post.

"All MPs from the north east are bounded by the Congress high command and party decision in the Presidential election," Pal said here.

Expressing that he, a Congress MP from Shillong, would be happy to vote for a person from the north east, Pala said, "Even if few of us vote for him (Sangma), it would not make enough margin to ensure his victory as most MPs of the region would be voting for the UPA candidate."

According to Pala, the region has a representation of about 30 in both the Houses. Pala who was here to review party's preparedness on the 2013 assembly poll in Meghalaya.
"We have shortlisted about 40 candidates," Pala said.

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