Saturday, July 21, 2012
Presidents pole and the polarity
The casting of vote to the presidents post was always a lackluster affair in Indian politics. So are the powers hold by the president. The contest turned around in an unusual way this time. The ruling UPA failed to get consensus on its candidate Pranab Mukherjee in the beginning. Before the name was announced, Mamatha and Mulayam had surprised congress by naming Manmohan as one of their choices. But the excitement was short lived with Mulayam back in the cards to support UPA in less than 48 hours.Mamatha was fiercely backing for the former president Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam. And was hell bent on making him contest the elections. The TMC was on verge on collision with UPA on the choice of president's issue. But in the end, TMC backed down and supported Pranab although in a painful tone. Further TMC has said that it will go alone in the coming elections in Bengal. The ruling coalition was on the edge of losing an ally, same was the case with the opposition. Nitish Kumar led JD(U) decided to back Pranab, but BJP was keen on contest. Incidentally Nitish Kumar is also the one who has Prime Ministerial ambitions and it was seen as a cold war between the Gujarat CM Narendra Modi who also nurture same ambitions. The recent spate of arguments between the two also throws a light on their estranged relationship. And it turned out to be the ego war between them over the presidential candidate. And also NDA was almost risking its partner. Finally NDA was seen backing up Sangma. Finally no one needs to master rocket science to know who will be the winner. The president's post,polling,position was always a low key affair. And the parties finally never went to the extreme of breaking with the alliances. They probably thought that presidents issue was not worth of it.