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Kalam says Sonia Gandhi could have been PM of India.
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Former Indian President Abdul Kalam has finally exploded the political myth that he was reluctant to appoint Congress President Sonia Gandhi as Prime Minister in May 2004 when he was the country's President.

In his soon-to-be-released book — Turning Points, A Journey through Challenges — Kalam reveals that if Gandhi wanted to become PM in 2004, he would have had "no option but to appoint her".

Gandhi had decided not to become PM despite having been elected unanimously as leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party and the newly formed United Progressive Alliance soon after the poll results were declared.

Kalam says he was surprised when on May 18, Gandhi named Manmohan Singh for the post.

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