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UPA to stand united at Karunanidhi's function

india Updated: May 05, 2007 22:23 IST
Saroj Nagi
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When the UP results come in on May 11, the entire UPA will share a common platform to project a show of unity when they gather in Chennai to applaud Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for completing 50 years in the State Assembly.

The line of leaders includes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar (NCP), Lalu Yadav (RJD), Ram Vilas Paswam (LJP), Prakash Karat (CPM), AB Bardhan and D Raja (CPI), M Ramodass (PMK) and a host of other political leaders.

The occasion would be used to discuss the Presidential candidate as APJ Abdul Kalam completes his five year term in Rashtrapati Bhavan. "It can provide an opportunityfor a preliminary interaction for the Presidential election," admitted Raja.

Already parties like the CPM have said no to a second term for Kalam. While the Samajwadi Party has pitched for Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, the RJD got one of its MPs to float the name of former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu, another Marxist.

The name-game is likely to get a momentum after May 11 as the UP results would decide the complexion of the electoral college that elects the president. At the moment, the UPA has a slight edge.