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HYDERABAD: The Third Front, comprising eight regional parties, will meet in Chennai on June 18 and 19 to decide on the Presidential election.

At a press conference here on Friday, the Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party leader, K. Yerran Naidu, said the front leaders would discuss the issue at the meeting. By that time, it would be clear whether the next President would be elected by consensus or contest.

UPA choice

On the United Progressive Alliance choice of Pratibha Patil, he said it was not that they wanted to have a woman candidate. The UPA had no other choice after the Left parties made it clear that they would not endorse the candidature of Shivraj Patil or Karan Singh, Mr. Naidu said.

If the UPA was really keen on women's empowerment, it would have introduced and ensured passage of the Bill providing 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and legislatures.

The Third Front could not hope to put up a candidate, as its vote share was just 1.20 lakh among MPs and MLAs, he said.

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