Srinagar: Welcoming nomination of Pranab Mukherjee as UPA’s presidential candidate, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today hoped former president A P J Abdul Kalam decides against contesting and does not fall prey to “petty politics”.

“Congratulations to Pranab Da. I have no doubt he will make an excellent President and I’m pleased to have been able to commit (National Conference) NC’s support,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site