15th June, 2012, New Delhi: On Wednesday, Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party suggested the name of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the former India president as their choice as the next president and since then he has turned into a serious competitor for Rashtrapati Bhavan. Till Thursday evening there was no indication from Kalam that he is ready for the battle.
In the year 2007, Kalam’s name came up for a second term, but he turned back after realizing that probably he might not win the contest. It is quite clear that, neither Mamata Banerjee nor Mulayam Singh Yadav consulted A. P. J. Abdul Kalam before bringing his name in front of media. But Kalam may not be surprised as Sushma Swaraj, the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, showed her preference for Kalam only a few weeks back.
On Thursday, Sharad Yadav, the JD(U) chief, told that they have not decided on Abdul Kalam. NDA ally Shiromani Akali Dal has supported the former president. NDA has already started their discussions regarding their candidate. Veteran party member L. K. Advani has met AIADMK chief in Chennai.
According to sources, there was hint from the TMC camp that at present the stature of Kalam cannot be equated with others who are being projected at this point of time.