‘Cong shd not shy away from Presidential contest’

Praveen Davar, who edits a fortnightly journal "Supreme Saviour", says in an article that the name of Kalam is doing the rounds in political circles.

Updated: Apr 11, 2012, 22:34 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress should not shy away from
a contest in the Presidential elections if it becomes
inevitable to avert a "crafty proposal" like a second term for
APJ Abdul Kalam, an AICC office-bearer has said.

Praveen Davar, who edits a fortnightly journal "Supreme
Saviour", says in an article that the name of Kalam is doing
the rounds in political circles.

"Many are of the view that after his UP performance,
Mulayam Singh is toying with the idea of proposing Kalam`s
name, which the BJP and NDA will accept as he was their
original candidate," Davar, who is Secretary of the AICC
Department for Ex-Servicemen, said.

He said Congress and UPA should not accept such a "crafty
proposal".

"Whether the electoral arithmetic suits the UPA or not,
it should not shy away from a contest, if it becomes
inevitable," Davar said.

He said there are those who suggest the name of Manmohan
Singh, but making a Prime Minister the President will "create
a very bad precedent".

He said two eminent leaders who will be accepted by the
all political parties are Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
and Defence Minister A K Antony.

Dr Karan Singh would make an excellent President but "by
repeatedly taking Rajya Sabha from Delhi, he has... reduced
his chances of being the representative of J and K in the
Rashtrapati Bhawan."

This enhances the chances of Farooq Abdullah as the
Vice President for which Meira Kumar is also "eminently
suitable."

Alternatively, A K Antony-Sushil Kumar Shinde could be an
ideal combination, he said.

PTI