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I'm available for the top job: Karan Singh

The senior Congress leader says that if he is chosen as a consensus candidate, it would be a great honour for him.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2007 20:39 IST


Senior Congress leader Karan Singh, considered one of the probable UPA candidates for the Presidential polls, on Thursday met DMK chief M Karunanidhi here after which he said he is available for the top job.

"If I am chosen as a consensus candidate, I feel it will be a great honour," Singh told reporters after his 30-minute long meeting with the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

Singh said he has been in the public life for more than 56 years and his life was an open book.
"So, I am available if the nation needs me," he replied to a question on whether he was in the race for the presidential candidate.

The veteran leader also rubbished allegations that he was associated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
"I was never a part of the VHP. I was a member of Virat Hindu Sammelan, which is an inter-faith movement. My approach has always been universal, so there should not be any confusion," he added.

He described the DMK patriarch as "an old friend".

"He (Karunanidhi) has been close to Indira Gandhi and I was in her cabinet. So I came to call on him," he said when asked what was his purpose in meeting the DMK chief.

On whether Karunanidhi supported him as a presidential candidate, he said "I can't say anything on that."

Karunanidhi had earlier in the day held separate consultations with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Left leaders to arrive at a consensus on UPA's nominee for the Presidential post.

First Published: Jun 14, 2007 14:11 IST

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