Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:55:50 GMT | By PTI

Kalam opts out of president race

New Delhi: Former President A P J Abdul Kalam has decided not to contest the Presidential poll.

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.

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