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Bal Thackeray hints at support to Patil

Jun 19, 2007 10:29 PM IST Politics Politics

Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Tuesday ruled out any support for APJ Abdul Kalam in the presidential race, but left everyone guessing as to who the Sena will finally sail with.

Striking a discordant note with his NDA ally BJP, Thackeray however dropped indications about his intention to back UPA-Left candidate Pratibha Patil.

Expressing his displeasure with Kalam, the Sena chief said "President's post is meaningless for such people."

Why didn’t President Kalam decide on Afzal Guru six months back, the Sena chief asked. "We will not support Kalam. He has lost place in my heart," he said.

Thackeray said the party's decision on whom it would support would be announced on June 25.

"There are some who say they will withdraw if Kalam opts to contest. But if that happens, whom are we supposed to support. Let's enjoy the fun," Thackeray said, apparently referring to the BJP which has sought consensus for the incumbent President's re-election.

Referring to Pratibha Patil's candidature, he said: "All this while we have been addressing the President as Rashtrapati, perhaps now we have to change it to Rashtrapatni."

Thackeray said there was too much politics brought into by vested interests. "It's very difficult to decide about the candidate," he said.

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