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The tussle among political parties over the choice of a presidential candidate left much to be desired. The drama surrounding the selection of a presidential candidate has exposed the weak foundations and stern contradictions in UPA. The race for Rashtrapati Bhavan has resulted in a stringent hogwash, thanks to the mind of utter clutter of the concerned.
Firstly, the twists and turns in the selection of probable candidates had been the centre of attraction. Secondly, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s choice of candidates for the candidature was an utter abase for Congress. Also, the proposal to field Former President Abdul Kalam by Ms. Banerjee and some others tried to open up the wounds of Ms. Gandhi. One wonders why political parties should indulge in such high drama to declare the name of their presidential candidates. It seems as if the Congress wants to hoist a highly melodramatic show. The party’s proposal to back Pranab Mukherjee is indicative of its thought process to get all balls in its court by paving the path for Rahul Gandhi to take up the higher responsibilities. Finally, Pranab Mukherjee, who once nursed ambitions of becoming Prime Minister, is now well on the road to becoming President, the highest office of the land, capping an illustrious political career that stretched over four decades. With this, the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party lay on a strong ground to support Mr. Mukherjee. However, Trinamool has decided that it may abstain.
Well, with all these issues underlined, it is evident that it is not the integrity of nation that is paving the path for Rashtrapati Bhavan but the mere game of moves. With such a case, none would deny that no party has the strength to decide a candidate and ensure his/her victory on its own. While, Regional Parties have taken a firm stand by naming their choices, National Parties have maintained stoic silence. The Person to chair the President should be an eminent creature with immaculate reputation. He/she should not be beholden to the party to which he/she may belong. Also, we must remember that it would a hogwash if a failed politician is kicked upstairs to reward him for his unblemished record of loyalty or get him out of the way. Therefore, the parties must rise above their narrow considerations and elect a person of merit.