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Kalam lauds Mamata for honest leadership

The former president A P J Abdul Kalam wrote to the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday for actively supporting his candidature in the presidential race. Kalam's letter came after Banerjee took to the social-networking site Facebook to explain her stand on the presidential election.

Kalam's letter was posted on Banerjee's Facebook page on Tuesday evening. Even after the United Progressive Alliance announced the finance minister Pranab Mukherjee's name for the president's post, Banerjee continued to push for Kalam's candidature.

In the letter, Kalam thanked Banerjee for 'proposing his name for the presidential election 2012 and all her ceaseless efforts'. Praising the Trinamool Congress supremo, Kalam added on the page's timeline, '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 golden political throne, is indeed graceful politics. This is indeed the need of the country. It is known that history is written only by courageous leaders.'
 
Kalam signs off on an emotional note saying, 'I am extremely sorry for the disappointment I have caused to you.' In response to Kalam's letter, Banerjee too posted the letter she sent to him. In which she stated that she was 'deeply touched, obliged and overwhelmed with the sentiments expressed' in his letter.
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