With the expected arrival of AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, leaders of the Third Front would have a meeting with President APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday afternoon as NDA appeared to have put the ball in his court to take the plunge.
Jayalalithaa, who could not make it to the capital earlier because of health reasons, is expected to hold talks with some leaders of the Front, christened as the United National Progress Alliance (UNPA), soon after her arrival.
Later, the Front leaders would be meeting Kalam and are expected to report the feedback of their campaign for a second term for him which saw stiff resistance from the Congress-led alliance.
Parties comprising the UPA and the Left rejected any rethinking on the candidature of Pratibha Patil.
Kalam had indicated to the UNPA leaders that he was willing to contest the election if there was certainty about his success.
The UNPA leaders met NDA Chairman Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other leaders of the Opposition alliance yesterday to chalk out a strategy to persuade Kalam to contest the July 19 election. The two sides are scheduled to meet again this evening.