One hopes that the incumbent President, APJ Abdul Kalam, will not allow himself to become a tool in the hands of the third Front. Kalam was clear that he would not run for a second term unless he was chosen by all the parties. It would be better for him to retire gracefully as even allies of the NDA like the Shiv Sena had earlier expressed resentment against his second term as President.
We have a ‘rubber stamp’ Prime Minster who no one voted to be the PM, but was foisted on the country. Now, when people want APJ Abdul Kalam to continue for the second term, self-serving politicians have conspired to nominate a nobody like Pratibha Patil for the job. The people, of course, have no say in any of this.
It is unfortunate that the new third front has suggested nominating Kalam as the President again. In this process, the Front has embarrassed Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, who has now been forced to announce his exit in favour of Kalam.