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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1587

Next President: Govt working for a consensus

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 24 April (Asian

Government on Monday said that it was working towards a consensus on the issue of nominating a candidate for the Presidential polls expected to be held in July this year.

Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, seems to be the front runner with support from BJP, Samajwadi Party and possibly Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa.

Apolitical, non-controversial , highly respected and a major scientist of repute, Dr Kalam had a distinguished tenure earlier in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

"This is a very big issue. No political party has majority. If a Presidential candidate has to be nominated it has to be done with cooperation and agreement of all," Health MinisterGhulam Nabi Azad told reporters in New Delhi. He was asked to comment on Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar's remarks that he favoured a "non-political" person as a candidate for the Presidential election.

Azad said in a democracy whenever such an issues are discussed, it is the right of every group and every leader to put across his views.

"We have been working towards a consensus," said HRD Minister KapilSibal, who was flanked by Azad, Parliamentary Affairs PK Bansal and Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy at a press conference. "We have been working on that and will continue to work on that," Azad said. Pratibha Patil's term as President of India ends in July.

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