Kalam opts out of president race
Earlier, it was reported that Abdul Kalam is unlikely to contest for the post of the President despite efforts by BJP to persuade him to enter the fray.
Sources close to Kalam told PTI that a formal announcement by the former President is expected very shortly.
Kalam conveyed his reluctance to contest when BJP leader L K Advani called him thrice to persuade him to be the Opposition's common candidate against UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee, sources said.
Kalam, the predecessor to current President Pratibha Patil, told Advani that his "conscience" is not permitting him to contest, sources said.
Reacting on the rumours that Congress may name Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman, Nandan Nilekani as its candidate for Prime Minister, JD(U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari said the move could be suicidal for the party.
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