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CPI(M) attacks Kalam

When pointed out that Kalam is described as "people's President" on the basis of various SMS polls and surveys, Yechury said such polls were no proof.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2007 21:05 IST

The CPI(M) on Friday said it did not look good if an incumbent President expresses his readiness to contest the presidential poll in the absence of a consensus.

"It doesn't look good if the incumbent President says that I am ready to fight if victory is certain. But he (Kalam) said that. If everybody accepts, that is a different matter. But if that is not the case, then it doesn't speak well of the President or even the office of President," CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury told reporters in New Delhi.

When pointed out that Kalam is described as "people's President" on the basis of various SMS polls and surveys, he said such polls were no proof of popular opinion.

"There is a difference between citizens and netizens. Those who are talking of people's power are in cyber space and not in real space. They are talking in terms of e-mails getting clogged. Please remember, the number of mails you require to clog your e-mail is less than the number of votes you need to win a corporation election. So do not talk in terms of people's President," he said.

After a meeting on Thursday with UNPA leaders who urged the CPI(M) to support Kalam for a second term, Yechury had advised Kalam to demit office "gracefully".