Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Signature campaign for Kalam's second term

Patna, May 15: A social organisation in Bihar has launched a signature campaign in support of a second term for President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam whose tenure ends in July.

"We have already collected hundreds of signatures since the campaign started Monday. We will collect signatures of as many people as possible in support of a second term for the popular president," Rajeev Lochan Prasad, convenor of the Patna-based Rational Thinker Organisation, said Tuesday.

He said the campaign was aimed at creating a massive people-friendly lobby for Kalam. "We have been collecting signatures of intellectuals, students, professionals, government employees, businessmen as well as labourers to show support for him among all sections of soceity," he said.

Volunteers of the organisation are distributing forms to people seeking their views and their signature in support of their cause.

Lochan said his organisation would collect "enough" number of signatures from Bihar and other states in coming weeks. "We will send copies of the forms to leading political parties to seek their support for Kalam."

He added that the campaign had received tremendous response from people. "When we started the campaign in the Patna Medical College and Hospital premises on Monday, we were not sure of support from medical students and teachers but it was a hit," Lochan said.

The dominant view among the people about Kalam was that he had the vision and determination "to make India a superpower by 2020", Lochan said.

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