Meetings and discussions have so far failed to bring consensus among UPA allies as to who they would prefer to be the Candidate for President’s post and with every party trying to capitalize most out of the situation,it is probably Pranab Mukherjee, senior leader of Congress , who is left guessing,if he has any chance of shifting to Rashtrapati Bhavan. 🙂
President of India , in Indian layman’s words is someone who ideally makes foreign visits,stands to accept salutes from the Indian Army during Independence and Republic Day,attends functions,shows mercy to some prisoners(foreign and national) by turning down their death sentence to life and what else ? Practically, that is all most Indian president’s have been known for,locally. Exceptions are of course there like Dr.Rajendra Prasad, the first Indian President and Dr APJ Kalam and a few more names.As per constitutional books the position may be a key political position for the country but practically it is the Prime Minister who is considered the Big Boss of India.
The role of President becomes strategic in times of political crises in India and history has witnessed it and the concerning fact is that even the coming future of the nation is anticipated to see the same and that is what makes the upcoming President’s post so important.
2014 General Elections is what makes President’s Post so important that almost all key parties of the nation are trying to push their candidate for the post. Both the biggest political allies, NDA and UPA are confident of bad results in 2014. Two biggest national level parties Congress and BJP head UPA and NDA alliance respectively.know that Congress has almost lost it’s face to get votes for the third term,due to scams after scams getting exposed,national GDP going down and prices of petrol hitting all time high,under their regime . It would be a tough ask to convince voters for giving them the third term. On the other hand,BJP, the strong opposition party has also lost its face due to involvement of their leaders in scams and more importantly their internal conflicts between key-leaders of the party are coming public. Voters therefore would be skeptical towards them as well.To add on, they have been branded as Hindu-Supportive party which snatches away Muslim votes from them(and that is no more a small percent of vote).
Left with the option of Third Front,which would include major allies of BJP and Congress and some more small and regional parties,one can really assume what the future of such alliance would be. In fact , the alliance of too many small parties to form a Third Front to rule the nation, has always failed in the past. The reason being, every party wants to hold key positions and everyone is a decision-maker and none can freely take decisions,either! Such alliances find it difficult to continue for even a year properly.
That is where the role of President becomes utmost important. If any government falls and there is no chance of any proper union between parties , and there stands no single or allied party which can claim its majority in the house,the President takes over! He can decide who the Prime Minister would be and which party should be given the priority and almost all major decisions,in such cases,depend on President. Hence, be it Congress or BJP or even the big small-parties (which may think of forming a Third Front,given a chance) are considering their preferred candidate for the upcoming President’s post. They will surely get favors in return. 😉 . In few days time it would be clear which party would have an upper hand and whose candidate be chosen as the President Of India.
Digvijaya Singh,the senior Congress Leader, has compared Gujarat Chief Minister,Narendra Modi to the demon king Ravana ! Ravana though had a prospering kingdom made of gold but he was equally proud of his achievements which brought him his end.Showing sympathy towards the forced exit of Sanjay Joshi from BJP due to Modi’s pressure,Digvijaya said Mr Modi should shun ego and pride.
Jagan Reddy’s judicial remand has been extended till June 25th for further interrogation using narco-analysis !
Meanwhile,Jagan Reddy who has been charged with corruption has complained that his security was being compromised by the state police while bringing him to court. He who is Member Of Parliament is entitled to Z Security, was brought in a normal police vehicle. He argued deserving a bullet-proof car to be sent back to jail as he was still an accused and not a convict. He was then provided with the same,while returning back to jail, after court orders.
He has also written a letter and threatened to go on a hunger-strike if the government humiliates him any further. He has also accused that the jail authorities do not allow him to meet his wife !
Regardless, it is a political conspiracy against Jagan Mohan Reddy , as claimed by many or may be he is truly corrupt or in any case, an individual’s life is precious. Should he be required to ask the court to intervene and pass orders for a bullet-proof car ?
Ironically, most wanted criminals and terrorists like Ajmal Kasab and Abu Salem are given so much security while going to court, as if they had done heroic deeds for the nation !
Cartoon on Nitish Kumar and Modi as PM candidate
After being granted bail last month, and permission to visit Tamil Nadu till the end of this month, A Raja, the former Telecom Minister visited his mentor, M Karunanidhi, midst the sea of his supporters! He is the prime accused,so far, in the 2G Scam case who has spent more than a year in the jail and is out on bail.
Mr Raja is being tried in a Delhi court for breach of trust by a public servant, cheating and criminal conspiracy. As the telecom minister in 2008, he sold licenses to companies who allegedly paid him to be moved to the head of a long waiting line. The Supreme Court however has cancelled 122 of the licenses he sanctioned. His party,DMK has projected him as a visionary who ensured mobile phone services are made affordable to every Indian! Now, it is the Supreme Court which will decide his fate and his vision, if they were for the nation or to make money for himself !
Narendra Modi critic Sanjay Joshi has resigned from BJP citing pressure from him – Is really BJP, as a party, bigger than Narendra Modi, the key leader in the party ?
Professors in Bengal seem to be having a hard time under the new Government in Bengal. Some days back, a professor was detained by cops and embarrassed by local party leaders for the ‘character assassination’ of the Chief Minister of state which he did via a cartoon and mailed it to few known people !
Now there is professor Debashis Sarkar, who teaches at the government-run Jhargram Raj College in the state’s Midnapore District, has been served notice by the state’s education department and has been asked to explain his recent criticism of the government on local TV channels. 🙁 .
Well, seems like the new government of Bengal is giving a clear indication to professors and teachers that they should better stick to what they are paid for and are good at and leave politics on professionals in the same stream !
Popular for counter-blaming anyone and everyone who dares to accuse the UPA government, Digvijaya Singh,the Congress Leader, asked Baba Ramdev to reveal his Black Money before initiating any campaign related to the same.
Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia,justifies spending of Rs 35 lakhs on renovation of toilets . Well, the justification may not be satisfactory to all !
Detailed News Article on the matter – Planning Commissions Toilet Spendings Controversy!
The Press Release from Planning Commission – Response from Planning Commission on the matter.
Unanswered Questions – Why the explanation from Commission not completely satisfactory ?