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I always respected Kalam, says Karunanidhi

Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi, who had said naming of A P J Abdul Kalam in the presidential race has led to chaos, today maintained that he always respected the former President. "Some people are trying to divert the issue. Abdul Kalam himself knows how much I value and respect him and the high post he held. I would always respect him," Karunanidhi told reporters here.

The DMK patriarch had on Friday said, "Kalam in Tamil also means chaos. Anyhow, chaos has broken out in the Presidential election." Announcing UPA`s Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee`s visit to Chennai on June 30, he said, "For the first time, Pranab Mukherjee would come to Chennai on June 30 to meet the electors. He would seek votes from MPs and MLAs. Arrangements have been made for a reception."

Chances of Mukherjee becoming the President are "bright", he said. He declined to comment on senior BJP leader L K Advani`s observation that there was confusion in the Congress over the Presidential polls.

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