Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa Thursday extended her party's support to the candidature of former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma for the post of president.
In a statement issued here, Jayalalithaa said: "The AIADMK takes pride in supporting the candidature of Shri P.A. Sangma for the Office of President of India."
Referring to the letter she had received from Sangma and his meeting with her Tuesday, Jayalalithaa said AIADMK has decided to support his candidature after due internal consultation and as well as discussions with Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal chief Naveen Patnaik.
Jayalalithaa said during the past 60 years of the Indian republic, eminent personalities belonging to various communities and diverse walks of life have graced the office of the president, no one belonging to a tribal community has had the opportunity so far.
"Shri P.A. Sangma not only belongs to a tribal community but is also eminently qualified to be the President of our great Nation," she said.