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'PM told Kalam about UPA's Presidential candidate'

Govt appears to suggest that Kalam should not enter the race for a second term after PM has conveyed to him the decision of the ruling alliance to put up its own candidate.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2007 17:51 IST

Government on Thursday appeared to suggest that President APJ Abdul Kalam should not enter the race for his succession after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has conveyed to him the decision of the ruling alliance to put up its own candidate.

"When Prime Minister called on President after his Germany visit, he did convey on behalf of the government and supporting parties that we have decided our candidate", Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi told reporters in New Delhi when asked to comment on the Third Front efforts to put up Kalam for a second term in office.

It was up to Kalam whether he would entertain a delegation of Third Front leaders on the issue after the Prime Minister having made it clear that the ruling coalition and its supporting parties had already decided on Pratibha Patil.

Taking exception to the use of the word "certainty" by Rashtrapati Bhavan in the context of a second term for Kalam, Dasmunsi said it was "very unfortunate" that such words were being used.

"Never in the history a memorandum or a deputation to persuade somebody to become a candidate (for Presidential election) has been done and nor should it be", he said, adding it was "against the culture and tradition".

"No such communication should come with certainty. Certainty is a definitive word and has other meanings, which I feel is unfortunate", Dasmunsi said.