Jethmalani to decide on contesting Prez poll by weekend
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ram Jethmalani Tuesday said he will "take a final call" on contesting the presidential election by the weekend.
Speaking from London, Jethmalani also said that former president APJ Abdul Kalam should again be persuaded to take on Finance Minister and UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee.
He said he will return to New Delhi by this weekend and that is when he will "take a final call" on his earlier announcement to contest next month's presidential election.
Ram Jethmalani (File pic - Rajeev Tyagi)
Jethmalani said he wanted to contest against Mukherjee because the latter had refused to name the Indians who have stashed away black money abroad.
"I oppose Pranab as he refused to reveal the names of those with black money in foreign banks," Jethmalani said.
"I'm in London now. As soon as I return, I will decide."
Mukherjee was Friday named the United Progressive Alliance candidate for the presidential election.
Asked if he had the BJP's support, Jethmalani replied in the affirmative. "But even if nobody supports me, I have no issues."
Commenting about Abdul Kalam's pullout from the presidential race, he said: "We can't force him to contest but still we should persuade him to reconsider."