Kalam hails Mamata’s leadership qualities, honestyJune 19th, 2012 - 9:48 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) A day after opting out of the presidential race, former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Tuesday lavished praise on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, extolling her leadership qualities and “honesty” for the cause of the nation.
In a letter to Banerjee, Kalam thanked the Trinamool Congress supremo for proposing his name for the presidential election 2012 and all her “ceaseless efforts”.
“During this short interaction, I saw, in you, a great leadership quality of graceful politics. Your firmness for a cause, honesty for the cause of the nation, particularly your courage and determination to sacrifice a golden political throne, is indeed graceful politics,” Kalam wrote in the letter where he addressed Banerjee as “dear and respected”.
“This is indeed the need of the country. It is known that history is written only by courageous leaders,” he said.
Kalam also apologised for causing disappointment to Banerjee (by backing out of the race).
Banerjee, in reply, said she was deeply obliged and overwhelmed with the sentiments expressed in his letter.
“I am deeply touched, obliged and overwhelmed with the sentiments expressed in your letter dated June 19. We Indians are proud of you for your personality and achievements in the country and the world,” she wrote.
She stated that she gets courage from her struggle for the cause of common people.
“I always maintain courage which stems from my struggle for the cause of the common people. Kindly give us your blessings as friend, philosopher and guide for this country,” she wrote.
Both the letters were uploaded on Banerjee’s official Facebook account.
Kalam Monday opted out of the presidential election after studying the “totality” of the situation, dealing a blow to the Bharatiya Janata Party and Banerjee who badly wanted him to take on Pranab Mukherjee.
His decision spiked what could have been a high-profile battle between him and Finance Minister Mukherjee, who appears set to occupy the Rashtrapati Bhavan as the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) nominee.
Last week, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh had, along with Banerjee, virtually rejected Mukherjee, whom Congress president Sonia Gandhi suggested for presidency during her talks with Banerjee.
The two parties had named Kalam, former Lok Sabha speaker SomnathChatterjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as their three preferred candidates for president.
However Banerjee and Trinamool Congress were left red-faced after Mulayam Singh Friday did a U-turn, and announced he would support Mukherjee for president. But an unfazed Banerjee remained firm on her stand to support Kalam.
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