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I'm not in presidential race: Badal

I want to serve my own state till I am alive, says Badal

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Parkash Singh Badal, Punjab elections, lambi
Parkash Singh Badal  (Photo: ANI)

Putting an end to speculation, former Punjab Chief Minister today said that he is not in a race to become the country's next President.

When a reporter asked that his name was doing the rounds as a probable (NDA) candidate for the President's post, 90- year-old Badal dismissed it as merely a rumour.

The veteran then added, "My health does not allow me ... (to take up responsibility of the highest office)".

Recently, in his home constituency Lambi also, Badal had echoed the same sentiments, "I have listened to rumours about my name, but there is no truth. I want to serve my own state till I am alive and moreover, I am not keen for this post (President)".

Badal, five-time chief minister, also indicated during a brief interaction with reporters here on the sidelines of a party meet, that he may not attend the budget session of the Punjab assembly, which commences here tomorrow, on health grounds since he was not feeling well.

First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 02:23 IST