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June 18th, 2012
Decided not to contest the Presidential election 2012!

New Delhi: In a statement here, the former President APJ Abdul Kalam, made it clear that he had “never aspired to serve another term or shown interest in contesting the elections” but Mamata and “other political parties” wanted him to be the candidate for the Presidential poll to be held on July 19.”I have considered the totality of this matter and the present political situation, and decided not to contest the Presidential election 2012,” Kalam said.

The former President, who had earlier insisted that he could consider entering the fray only if there was surety about his victory, took the decision to stay away apparently as he was sure that numbers were not in his favour despite Trinamool, BJP and some other parties. BJP, which was trying to persuade Kalam to be the common nominee of the Opposition, also refused to react, saying any decision on whether or not to have a candidate against Mukherjee would be taken by the NDA, which is likely to meet on Tuesday.