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Next Prez: Manmohan/ Kalam/ Somnath V/s Pranab

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by SpArK, Jun 13, 2012.

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Next Prez shoul be

Poll closed Aug 12, 2012.
  1. Manmohan Singh

    3.3%
  2. A P J Abdul Kalam

    60.0%
  3. Somnath Chatterjee

    10.0%
  4. Pranab Mukherjee

    20.0%
  5. Poonam Pandey/ Dont Care

    13.3%
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  1. SpArK

    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    " Several political parties and leaders have spoken to me saying that they would prefer to see me as India's President again. Many citizens have also expressed the sane wish. I'm really overwhelmed by this support. This being their wish,I respect it. I'm open to the idea. However, I will take a final decision at the right time."

    Kalam
     
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    Firemaster Captain STAR MEMBER

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    vikas jat Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    only abdul kalam is suitable for this post
    althrough president is just nominal head in indian democracy real power is in hand of prime minister
    but still abdul kalam is having positive n deep influence over young people
     
  4. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Mamata debuts on Facebook, says Kalam the choice of millions

    Taking up the campaign for APJ Abdul Kalam online, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said her choice of the Presidential candidate was the choice of millions of Indians. Debuting on related stories
    Ousted by Congress, what will be Mamata's game plan
    social networking site Facebook, she wrote in her first post, "I gave voice to what millions of Indians want to see in a President."


    Refusing to budge from her stand, she said, "My party is a small party. We are not a big party with none of the resources others possess. We are led by truth and conviction. All through my life I have stood by my principles. I stand by the position I have taken".

    Stating that the will of the people is supreme in a democracy, Banerjee requested fellow citizens to petition their public representatives to stand up, support and vote for Kalam.

    "Let your voice be heard. I will bow to the will of the people," she said.

    Describing the 'missile man' as a proud and distinguished son of India who continues to inspire all Indians, the chief minister said Kalam remains above narrow politics.

    "He is a seeker of truth, a fount of knowledge and an impartial voice of reason and sanity, who is above narrow politics. He is the kind of man all our citizens aspire to make President," Banerjee said.

    The TMC chief had joined hands with SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to propose the name of Kalam. However, the SP later broke away and pledged support to Pranab Mukherjee, leaving the West Bengal chief minister totally isolated.

    Unfazed by the isolation after Congress-led UPA named Mukherjee as its Presidential nominee, Banerjee said last night that her party remained firm on the candidature of Kalam and said "the game has just begun".

    "We are firm on the candidature of Kalam. He is the fittest candidate. We are not shifting from our stand of what we have announced earlier," Banerjee had said.

    Noting that she and her party has already given a clarion call to other parties to support Kalam as President, Banerjee said, "Along with my other fellow citizens I can only urge them to consider this call. Let our country be led forward by people such as him, people of free thought and honourable action who will not hesitate to do what is just and right".

    By recalling Tagore's famous lines of 'Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high' in her first posting on any social networking site, she said, "I am a humble, transparent, common person like the vast majority of you".

    Mamata debuts on Facebook, says Kalam the choice of millions - Hindustan Times
     
  5. tunguska

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    JD(U) leader makes a strong pitch for Pranab Mukherjee

    Signs of wider support to Pranab Mukherjee in the Presidential race were visible today with JD(U) leader Shivanand Tiwari making a strong pitch for a "graceful send off to the respected leader."

    Tiwari said it was his personal opinion that "a senior and respected leader like Pranab Mukherjee, who is going into retire (from active politics) should be given a graceful send off".

    He said it was clear that Mukherjee will win the Presidential race with Mulayam and Mayawati backing his candidature as UPA candidate. He, however, said that a decision needed to be taken at the meeting of the NDA where "we will put forward our view points". JD(U) is the second largest partner in the NDA and the party and BJP are sharing power in Bihar.

    Finance Minister Mukherjee was yesterday chosen by the ruling UPA as its candidate for the President's post, ending months of speculation.

    Yesterday, JD(U) had virtually put its foot down on the issue of NDA taking any stand on Abdul Kalam, projected as Presidential candidate by TMC, following which the opposition alliance deferred its decision.

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    Now what to say about JD(U)
     
  6. SajeevJino

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    Pranab Mukherjee is all set to be 13th President of India


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    Pranab Mukherjee is all set to be the 13th President of India. Sonia Gandhi announced his candidature on Friday evening after a brief meeting of the UPA. It put an end to the long suspense that marked the rollercoaster race for the nomination of its presidential candidate by the ruling alliance.

    Mukherjee is expected to win the contest hands down, with SP and BSP pledging their support and the Left likely to follow suit. They, along with the UPA, account for a majority in the electoral college. The advantage promises to become overwhelming with cracks showing up in the BJP-led NDA over opposition to Mukherjee's candidature.

    BJP's ally JD(U) is arguing against a contest by citing the stature of the veteran politician and the need to avoid acrimony over a losing battle. In fact, with former President A P J Abdul Kalam unlikely to enter the fray, the election may become just a formality. The denouement marked a rather satisfactory outcome for the Congress - its leader Sonia Gandhi, in particular, who succeeded in calling TMC chief Mamata Banerjee's bluff. The party was keen to have its nominee installed in Rashtrapati Bhavan but was handicapped by adverse mathematics in the wake of the UP poll debacle and Mamata Banerjee's dogged opposition to the finance minister.

    'Corporates happy to see Pranab's back'

    There's been widespread talk within corporate India of "the return of a raid raj where every small thing comes under the lens of the taxman, the excise inspector, or ED", to use the words of a prominent businessman.

    At the same time, Mukherjee's stature and seniority made it difficult for anyone, including even the PM, to intervene. The corridors of power have been abuzz with rumours of a communication gap between the PMO and North Block. Even multinational CEOs have spoken in private about feeling more welcome and wanted at the PMO than at North Block. Mohandas Pai, who was a senior board member of Infosys, said on TV on Friday, "Corporate India is happy to see his (Pranab's) back." It's been said in hushed tones that the PM may see this as a win-win - Mukherjee moves out of North Block, and into a job he coveted.

    As and when he does hand over charge of the ministry, Congressmen believe it will be to a politician and not a bureaucrat like C Rangarajan or Montek Singh Ahluwalia - especially not with polls on the horizon. Names of several ministers, from Jairam Ramesh to Kamal Nath, have been doing the rounds, but many rate P Chindambaram's chances of returning to a job he's twice held and is said to feel an affinity for.


    Sonia's next challenge: Finding leader of the House

    In the event, it pulled off a political feat by getting both SP and BSP to endorse its nominee, while isolating Mamata who teamed up with Mulayam Singh only to fall flat. In a dramatic sequence of events, Mulayam played along with Mamata but reversed gears in time to bail out the UPA.

    It was a crowning moment for Mukherjee, a politician with more than five decades in public life. For seven years since the advent of UPA, the veteran was rankled by the fact that despite being the oldest Congress insider in the ruling dipsensation, he had to report to Manmohan Singh, a rank outside whom he appointed as RBI governor So, it was a 'righting of protocol' in many ways when Sonia Gandhi at 4.40pm, announced that the finance minister would be the ruling combine's candidate for the President's election. Being the Head of State, the President figures on the top of the hierarchy and with powers, technically speaking, to appoint the Prime Minister.

    With the hunt for the next President over, Congress leadership is now faced with the job of finding who can fill "Dada's" big shoes. Sonia needs to find a Leader of the House in Lok Sabha as well as a new finance minister.

    Then, there is the task of making new heads for GOMs and EGoMs that Mukherjee headed, not to speak of finding a political troubleshooter of his caliber. Home minister P Chidambaram will be required to do some heavy lifting and is considered to be among the probables for the role of the Leader of House.

    Mukherjee's arrival in Rashtrapati Bhavan will also transform the imposing colonial building into more than a ceremonial edifice.

    His tenure will mark a break from the recent pattern of elevating technocrats (A P J Abdul Kalam) or political lightweights (incumbent Pratibha Patil) to the top constitutional post.

    Though titular in the constitutional scheme, the President's role has often been crucial, often innovative, with the occupants interpreting it in diverse ways. Close electoral results and coalition politics have added to the interest in the office. With Congress succeeding in luring Mulayam to its fold after the SP chief briefly threatened to join hands with Mamata, the announcement of Mukherjee's candidature was a mere formality. It was completed swiftly just after Sonia Gandhi sought the endorsement of UPA allies.

    NCP boss Sharad Pawar said that Mukherjee should straightaway be declared the candidate if we have "SP and BSP on board". "Yes, we have their support," said Pranab Mukherjee, leading to the formal declaration.

    The announcement saw both the Prime Minister and Mukherjee working phones to seek support for his unanimous election. The President-designate was quite statesmanlike as he parried questions about Trinamool chief's bitter opposition to him. "I will also seek her support. She is like my sister," said Mukherjee.


    Pranab Mukherjee is all set to be 13th President of India - The Times of India
     
  7. Osiris

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    Kalam may announce candidature as People's candidate
     
  9. vstol jockey

    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Every channel is reporting as to how young Poltu would do Ghat tolli (Less weighing) to steel money from his mother as a child. It is really shocking that a trait which should be highlighted for negative publicity is being projected as a virtue. A man who as a child did not even spare his own mother and family by willfully buying foodstuff for family at lesser weight grows up to be a congressman. He continues the same game of cheating. from cheating his biological mother he graduates to cheating his motherland. He was the person who brokered peace between dhirubhai and Rajeev, he is the man who negotiated the latest pact with swiss which has put a cutoff date of aug 2010 for sharing of info regarding accounts.

    Now we will see him become the President of India.
     
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    1. The voting count here says 60% supports Kalam. If there were a popular vote then Kalam would surely get more. But legislators must vote on party lines. However, this man of strict principles, will not be a candidate unless endorsed by all parties.

    2. Pranab gets a kick upstairs to remove one barrier for the aspiring Prince. MMS looks tired and bored in the job. Congress/ Gandhi-Nehru family must be cautious who the next Prez is. There could be a constitutional crisis when a tested loyalist at the top would be handy
     
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    The man who cheated his family, mother & motherland will now be the supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces.
     
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    Kalam won't contest presidential poll, cites 'political situation'

    Former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Monday told the BJP that his conscience doesn't allow him to contest for the post of President of India, leaving the party and Mamata Banerjee in a lurch. Kalam issued a press statement saying he never aspired for second term as president and thanked Mamata Banerjee for her faith in him.

    He also said he was overwhelmed by the support he received.

    Kalam conveyed his reluctance to contest when BJP leader L K Advani called him thrice to persuade him to be the Opposition's common candidate against UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee, sources said.

    BJP was trying hard to persuade him to contest, with Advani deputing his close aide Sudheendra Kulkarni to meet him twice today. Kalam's statement: why he won't contest

    Kalam's candidature is being pushed by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who broke ranks with UPA to prop him.

    The former President has been insisting that he could consider entering the fray only if there was surety about his victory.

    Several opposition leaders reportedly talked to Kalam over phone yesterday to know about his plans.

    BJP was more in favour of fielding Kalam than former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, who is AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa and BJD head Naveen Patnaik's choice.

    Even JD(U), which wants a consensus for Mukherjee, may support Kalam as he shares a good equation with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

    Kalam won't contest prez poll, cites 'political situation' - Hindustan Times
     
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    the Gonna be president of India is alleged to be involved in 2007 Ghana rice export scam when he was serving as the External Affairs Minister and Navy war room Leak where he tried to save Abhishek Verma - the arms dealer involved in case from any action
     
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    JD(U) will ditch BJP post elections in 2014. They will sacrifice their Bihar govt as they think that they will be able to rout BJP and NAMO in Bihar. They think that due to Nitish, Bihar is now their fiefdom. BJP must move quickly to throw this duo of Sharad Yadav and Nitish from their ranks.
     
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    Shiv Sena to support Pranab Mukherjee in presidential election


    MUMBAI:In a major boost to UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee, key NDA constituent Shiv Sena late on Monday night assured him of its support in his bid for the top Constitutional post.

    "The Sena will support Pranab Mukherjee (in the presidential polls)," Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.

    The assurance was given to Mukherjee who called up Sena chief Bal Thackeray and his son Uddhav Thackeray, the party executive president, on Monday, Sena sources said.

    Sena, the oldest ideological ally of BJP, was understood to be concerned over the approach of NDA to the presidential polls and disappointed about the fact that the alliance has not been able finalise its candidate.

    Shiv Sena had supported Pratibha Patil in 2007, breaking ranks with BJP as Patil hailed from Maharashtra.

    BJP and other NDA constituents had at that time backed late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat for the post.

    Shiv Sena to support Pranab Mukherjee in presidential election - The Times of India
     
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