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Kalam has no desire for second term
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | May 14, 2007 09:42 IST
Last Updated: May 14, 2007 19:12 IST
President A P J Abdul Kalam is not keen to seek another term in the office unless there is a unanimous choice. "He has no desire to enter a contest," a top Rashtrapati Bhavan source told rediff.com in an informal chat.
The Left parties have already indicated that they would not give another term to President Kalam.
The United Progressive Alliance leadership is awaiting the response of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Ms Mayavati for finalising the name of the presidential candidate.
The election of the new President, if required, would take place in July after President Kalam steps down on July 25.
But the Congress seems to be in no hurry.
The Congress has floated the names of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and former Union minister Karan Singh.
Shinde, being a Dalit, has a greater chance of getting a nod of Mayavati as the presidential nominee. After the drubbing Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Samajvadi Party have gone silent but they can still play spoilsport by either supporting Bhairon Singh Shekhawat or another term for President Kalam, hoping to rope in the DMK's crucial support to get the necessary numbers.
In the electoral college for the presidential candidate Lok Sabha members have 3,84,490 votes, Rajya Sabha members have 1,64,984 and the state Assemblies together contribute 5,49,474.