Presidential polls: Wait and watch, says Kalam



Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: As the talks of former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s return to Rashtrapati Bhavan are gaining momentum, Kalam on Saturday didn’t rule himself out from the race.

"Let us wait for some time...After that you ask me," Kalam told reporters here when asked whether he was ready to be elected for a second term as President.

His remarks came at a time when political leaders are holding meetings to reach at a consensus for the election of a new President.

Reports say Mulayam Singh’s Samajwadi Party, J Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK and Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress have reached an understanding on supporting Kalam for the top post.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, an ally of the ruling UPA government, also had said that he wants a non-political person to become the next president.

"In my opinion, a non-political person would be the ideal choice as the next president," Pawar had said.

The NCP chief’s statement is important in the context of reports that the Congress may field its own nominee for the presidential elections.

Sources say that the Congress contender could be Defence Minister AK Antony.

There has also been talk of Congress’ Sam Pitroda, Vice President Hamid Ansari, SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal being considered for the top post.

Kalam had served as the President between 2002 and 2007.

In the 2007 Presidential elections, Kalam's name was proposed by smaller parties to enter the race but he backed out at the last minute in the absence of a consensus.