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Kalam ready to contest if there is certainty: Naidu

india Updated: Jun 27, 2007 20:57 IST

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The Third Front on Wednesday claimed that President APJ Abdul Kalam was ready to contest the election for a second term in office provided there was "certainty" but it did not explain what it meant.

"He is willing to consider contesting for a second term provided there is certainty among political parties," TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu said in New Delhi after a meeting with Kalam in the company of the newly-formed United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) leaders.

Asked repeatedly as to what he meant by certainty, Naidu said "that implies everything. You draw your own inference."

Kalam had sometime back made it clear that he would consider throwing his hat in the ring only if there was consensus in his favour.

Naidu was accompanied by SP leaders Mulayam Singh and Amar Singh, INLD chief Om Prakash Chautala, MDMK leader Vaiko, AIADMK representatives Malaichamy, Thambidurai, Maitreyan and AGP chief Brindaban Goswami.

The alliance leaders had on Monday met in Chennai and decided to back Kalam for a second term, giving a new twist to the Presidential race.

Straight from the Rashtrapati Bhavan the leaders drove to Amar Singh's residence for a meeting to chalk out their next strategy.