„I will have to speak for my candidature versus Justice Krishna Iyer's. That in itself will be unpleasant. But more importantly when the country is plagued by so many divisions, what is the point of a future Rashtrapati, going about dividing the country's Presidential vote…? Let the electoral college decide on the basis of its knowledge of the candidates and a reading of the situation … I will keep quite.“
— R. Venkataraman
Gopalkrishna Gandhi in: "The value of decency" When he decided not to go on election canvssing for his candidature.