In his apparent bid to lobby for the post of India's next president, veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari on Friday announced he will not become the chief minister of Uttarakhand again.
"I will not remain chief minister after February 27 (the day of counting)," Tiwari said after releasing the election manifesto of the Congresss in presence of senior party leader Motilal Vora and state chief Harish Rawat.
Tiwari said he had already conveyed his feelings to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
"I am meeting you for the last time as chief minister," Tiwari said in an emotionally-chocked voice.
Party sources said Tiwari apparently wants to become the next president as A P J Abdul Kalam's tenure ends this year.
In this regard, Tiwari's decision not to contest the February 21 assembly elections should be seen in this perspective only, they said.
However, Vora later said it is only Tiwari's wish and a decision regarding chief ministership will be taken by the party high command after the elections.