India is in a flurry. And it’s all due to the highest post in the government that will soon be vacated by Mrs. Pratibha Patil. The race for Presidential post is as dramatic as the prime time serials and scripted reality shows.
The reigning Congress party has announced their presidential candidate as Pranab Mukharjee, the current finance minister for the union. All was hunky-dory till the Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party, both allies to the Congress, forced the country to double take when they proposed the name of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Dr. Abdul Kalam as a potential candidate. It was absurd and magnificently intelligent all at the same time, because the internal cracks in the UPA coalition began to show in this statement, and whispers of early elections began to permeate the political arena. The Congress took time, but it rubbished the claims, in turn asserting the importance of Manmohan Singh and the strength of the UPA coalition.
The former President, Dr. Kalam (President of the People, as we called him) declared his intention of not contesting in the race in an surprising move the day before yesterday. Trinamool Congress had been rooting for him, but now since his candidature is out of the question, Trinamool is in hot water.
I feel that Mr. Kalam is the best President for the country. His lack of political affiliations and ascetic image of a selfless scientist, strikes a chord in the heart of the country. But when it comes to the current scenario, Pranabda is next in the line for the august office. Though he is a politician, his spotless image and decades of dedication make him the prime candidate for the office. But I look forward to the newspapers with more enthusiasm each passing day as the drama erupting in New Delhi echoes across it’s pages – it’s way better than day-time television.
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