The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Thursday kept the newly-formed third front in suspense after it declined to come out in support of President APJ Abdul Kalam for a second term and also did not commit itself on the candidature of Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.
After an inconclusive meeting between the eight-party United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) and NDA leaders, Samajwadi Party (SP) President Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters: "No positive reply has come so far from the NDA leaders."
Asked about the outcome of the meeting, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh said: "We are united in one thing and that is our desire to defeat Congress."
However, he evaded replying to a question whether the NDA supported Kalam for a second term and declined to speak on the NDA-supported independent candidate Shekhawat.
But, Trinamool Congress (TRC) leader Dinesh Trivedi said, "if Kalam agrees, we (NDA) are all for him."
The UNPA leaders, including Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) President and former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh held a meeting with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other NDA leaders.
The UNPA had proposed Kalam's name for the July 19 presidential poll.