Prez poll: JD-U will not name candidate on its own
There had been indication from JD(U) earlier that the party finds "unusual" the proposal to advance the name of A P J Abdul Kalam for the poll. A party leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, has said that it was very unusual that a retired president was being named as a candidate again.
Yadav today, however, remained non-committal on the issue of whether his party will back Kalam`s candidature after indications that BJP could throw its weight behind the former President whose name was proposed by TMC chief Mamata Banerjee in a dramatic turn of events within the UPA.
"We will take a decision after the NDA meeting…What is the point in unnecessarily coming out with names when a decision has not yet being taken. I cannot decide alone, there is already a collective decision within the NDA that we will take a view on whatever situation emerges," Yadav said.
Significantly, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had yesterday received Kalam on his arrival at Patna where he is scheduled to attend two functions.