With a twist, the race for President post entering in Rashtrapati Bhavan turned much complicated as on Wednesday Congress’s allies, TMC and SP, openly declare a joint refusal of Mukerjee and Hamid Ansari as the Presidential candidate.
Coming with name of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s candidature, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav have also shown their interest in name of former president APJ Abdul Kalam and former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
An open rejection of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s choice for presidential poll, showed allies power that without them no major decision can be taken.
As part of this, now the confusion for Congress party has being more established because the Left also rejected Pranab Mukherjee and Hamid Ansari’s names, and prefer Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.
It has been cleared that the next few days that decide the right choice for President post would be more challenging for UPA as if there will be no nomination from its die in the list of Presidential Polls, then chances of ground down are high.
Recent twist of Mamata and Mulayam is test Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s credibility that has also been damaged by allies saying he could be made the President in place of staying on as the Prime Minister, according to source.
“All the problems of Congress party will be resolved if Manmohan Singh is made the President. This will clear the way for Rahul Gandhi to become the Prime Minister. For the President’s post, we need a person who remains silent, and passes a bill without much difficulty as like the current Prime Minister,” Samajwadi Party leader Azam Singh told reporters.
Although still there is no reaction from side of Congress over the choice made by Mamata and Mulayam, but source said that former President APJ Abdul Kalam is the real preferred choice of the allies.
Meanwhile, new complication with twist made clear that the race to the Rashtrapathi Bhawan is no so much early to be ended and the possibility of UPA meeting in upcoming days are high, indicating red signal to the Congress on issue of who will be the next President of India.