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Third Front to persuade Kalam for second term

PTI  New Delhi, June 20, 2007
First Published: 11:01 IST(20/6/2007) | Last Updated: 20:56 IST(27/6/2007)

The United National Progressive Alliance will meet President APJ Abdul Kalam on Wednesday evening to persuade him to run for a second term as he was the "universally accepted" leader for the high office.

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A delegation of top leaders of the alliance, known as third front, would meet Kalam to convince him the need for a leader like him to continue in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa will not be part of delegation and three members from her party will be part of the team, sources said.

Prominent other leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh, Chandrababu Naidu and Om Prakash Chautala will be meeting the President.

Two days back, the alliance leaders at a conclave at Chennai hosted by Jayalalithaa sprang a surprise by proposing a second term for Kalam, a development that was welcomed by Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat who expressed his readiness to quit the race if there was consensus on Kalam.

The UPA-Left combine has already started the process of fielding Pratibha Patil for the election.


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