New Delhi: Barely a week has left for a formal notification of the President election, but the scene is still murky who will win the race for Raisina Hill. Pranab Mukherjee, Hamid Ansari, Meira Kumar or P A Sangma. Hold breath and feel the pulse of happenings around political gallery. If the current groundswell and media hype indicate anything, octogenarian Pranab Da is appearing more hale and hearty for crowning highest constitutional post.

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Prez poll: Pranab gaining support of allies

Having been authorised by the party's Working Committee to name the candidate for the highest post, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has huddled with allies in recent days in order to prepare a common ground to reach consensus over the suitable face for the same.

Neither the Congress nor the allies are willing to talk on the issue but political grapevine says that the Union Finance Minister appears to be getting the backing of the allies consulted so far.

Refusing to spell out their preference, Left parties on Wednesday asked the UPA government to come up with a candidate having "widest possible acceptance" for the Presidential election.

After a meeting of the four Left parties here, the leaders said they did not discuss any names during the 90-minute-long deliberations though NCP leader P A Sangma approaching them for support was mentioned. The Left parties gave a patient hearing to Sangma but did not give any assurance to him.

Major political formations like the Congress-led UPA and NDA are yet to announce their strategy for the next month's Presidential election, while AIADMK and BJD have declared former Speaker P A Sangma as their candidate.

In the meantime, former Lok Sabha Speaker and NCP leader P A Sangma on Friday met BJP leader L K Advani in an apparent bid to solicit the support of the NDA for his candidature as President.

Though the details of the meeting have not been disclosed, it has been reported that the tribal leader has discussed at length about his presidential aspirations with the BJP stalwart. Sangma, who is expected to file his nomination next week, has projected himself as a tribal, Christian candidate from the North Eastern region to garner support for himself.

Former Lok Sabha Speaker, who is considered an underdog in the Presidential race, is pinning his hopes on 'big number of hidden votes' and has been striving to emerge as a consensus candidate for the presidency.

Sangma had earlier met a host of political leaders, including Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Prakash Karat, Nitish Kumar, D Raja and Mulayam Singh seeking their nod.

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