New Delhi: With less than three months to go for the Presidential Elections to choose the country’s 13th president, there is speculation that APJ Abdul Kalam might return to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Reports say Mulayam Singh’s Samajwadi Party, J Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK and Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress have reached an understanding on supporting Kalam for the top post.
Also on Sunday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, an ally of the ruling UPA government, said that he wants a non-political person to become the next president.
NCP supremo and Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said on Sunday that he was in favour of a non-political person as the next president of India to replace Pratibha Patil, whose five-year term ends this July. "In my opinion, a non-political person would be the ideal choice as the next president," Pawar told mediapersons.
The NCP chief’s statement is important in the context of reports that the Congress may field its own nominee for the presidential elections. Sources say the Congress contender could be Defence Minister AK Antony.
There has also been talk of Congress’ Sam Pitroda, Vice President Hamid Ansari, SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal.