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.
Nithyananda,the self-styled God man who is facing criminal cases including rape on complaints from some former disciples last year, is absconding from his ashram at Bidadi in Ramanagara district near Bangalore.There has been no clue of his whereabouts despite the state government having ordered a probe into allegations of sexual abuse against him. Ironically, Nithyananda’s supporters claimed that he was not absconding though it has been 24 hours since the government has ordered his manhunt.
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
The 5 episode old popular Chat Show ‘Satyamev Jayate’,hosted by Aamir Khan,raised its share of controversy after one of the episodes exposed wrong doings of some doctors and the medicine industry as a whole!
Not all the practitioner of the noble profession are noble enough and that being exposed and discussed in the Chat Show brought aggression from some group of doctors. Well, not all the doctors are to be considered involved in making money by referring specific chemists, specific brands of medicines, specific test-labs or unnecessarily exaggerating patient’s bill but the percentage is considerably low.
A Somali Islamist militant group is offering rewards of chickens and camels for information on the whereabouts of American President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mocking the millions of dollars the United States has offered as bounty for leaders of the Somalian militant group which is considered affiliated to the Al-Qaeda.
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 !