Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who has been named as a Presidential candidate by Trinamool Congress, on Friday said he will take a proper decision at the right time on entering the race for the high post.

“Many political leaders have contacted and want me to become President of India. I appreciate this idea, I respect their views. I will take proper decision at the right time,” he told reporters here.

Here for attending a function at a local college, Mr. Kalam was asked whether he was in the race for President’s post.

The Samajwadi Party and TMC on Tuesday had proposed the names of Mr. Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former speaker Somnath Chatterjee as their candidates after Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee met UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Mr. Kalam arrived in Patna last night and was received at the airport by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Mr. Kalam would inaugurate a high-tech IT Centre at the Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology here, visit regional daily Prabhat Khabar’s office in Patna and attend another function at the S.K. Memorial Hall before leaving for Delhi this evening.