Who proposed Abdul Kalam as president

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India voted. From April 20 to May 10 this year, 675 million Indians were called to vote for the Lok Sabha, the lower house. The early vote became necessary after President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on February 6th by order of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led cabinet had dissolved the House of Commons.

The legislative period was actually not supposed to end until October 2004. But BJP Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee had hoped, against the background of the favorable economic data and the resumption of the dialogue with Pakistan, to be able to repeat the successes in the state elections of December 2003 at the national level.

220 parties and 5,435 candidates competed for the 543 Lok Sabha seats and the favor of the voters.

On May 13, the election commission announced the surprising result. The ruling National Democratic Alliance suffered a bitter defeat against all expectations and prognoses. The ones from Congress (I) led coalition won by a clear margin. Sonia Gandhi had the approval of all party members and coalition partners to take over the office of prime minister. But a little later she explained to a surprised public and the shocked members of her party that she was out of the question for the office. Her "inner voice" advised her against it, she said on the record.

On May 18, Ms. Gandhi beat the economist Dr. Manmohan Singh for the post of Prime Minister. A day later, President Kalam commissioned Singh to form the cabinet.

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