Pranab Mukherjee the 13th President of India

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    New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee is President-elect and will take oath as the 13th President of India at 11.30 am on Wednesday, July 25.

    The returning officer for the presidential elections, VK Agnihotri, announced a little after 6.30 pm on Sunday, "Pranab Mukherjee has been duly elected to the office of President of India." Mr Mukherjee has won the election with 69.31 per cent votes; he polled 713,937 votes of the total 10,29,924 votes. His opponent Purno Sangma had 315,987 votes or 30.69 per cent of the total votes.

    Mr Mukherjee waited till votes from only one state were left to be counted and he had crossed seven lakh votes, to say thank you. "I express my deep gratitude and thank people of this great country for conferring this distinction by electing me to this high post. I have received much more from the people, parties, Parliament than I have given them... I will try to justify," a beaming Mr Mukherjee said.

    On Wednesday morning, Mr Mukherjee will be escorted by the President's Military Secretary to Rashtrapati Bhavan. From there President Pratibha Patil and Mr Mukherjee will leave in a ceremonial cavalcade for the swearing-in ceremony. The short route will be lined with soldiers. He will take oath in the Central Hall of Parliament, a familiar haunt of over four decades for Mr Mukherjee. The Chief Justice of India will administer the oath of office.

    The rigours of a long day barely show on the 76-year-old. Dapper in dark bandhgala, his wife of 55 years, Suvra, too smiling by his side, Mr Mukherjee stayed home on Sunday greeting the many visitors streaming in to congratulate him. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi visited. Speaker Meira Kumar did too. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh came with his wife and brought a bouquet of lilies and roses.

    Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee reportedly called Mr Mukherjee to congratulate him and confirmed that she would attend the swearing-in ceremony. Ms Banerjee had said last week that she would vote for Mr Mukherjee, but very reluctantly.

    Counting for the Presidential elections began at 11 am today and celebrations began alongside. As expected Mr Mukherjee took an early lead winning 72 per cent of the MP votes, which were counted first. Sources told NDTV that Mr Mukherjee, the UPA's nominee, bagged 527 votes out of the 748 votes of MPs. His opponent and the NDA's candidate, PA Sangma, got 206 votes, according to sources. That meant 3, 73,116 lakh votes in Mr Mukherjee's kitty.

    State after big state thereafter delivered as expected in favour of Mr Mukherjee and his lead widened - Kerala, in fact, saw all its 124 legislators voting for him. BJP-ruled states like Goa, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat did give Mr Sangma more votes but it was just not enough. As Maharashtra votes were counted, Mr Mukherjee moved past the magical hallway mark of 5.25 lakh votes.

    BJP-ruled Karnataka grabbed headlines as usual; Mr Mukherjee got more votes than he expected because of massive cross-voting, sources said. Mr Mukherjee got 117 votes, Mr Sangma 103. That was 53 per cent votes for Mr Mukherjee and the brand new government of Jagadish Shettar will have some explaining to do.

    Defence Minister AK Antony has said the UPA will miss Mr Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram has thanked allies and friends and the BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad has congratulated him "warmly." (Read: BJP congratulates Pranab, to probe Karnataka cross-voting) JD(U)'s Sharad Yadav, who is also the NDA convenor, congratulated Mr Mukherjee and his family over the victory. "We supported Pranab as he is a political man. He won't depend on advisors as he knows the constitution," said Mr Yadav.

    Up ahead lie tough tasks for Mr Mukherjee. There are more than 10 petitions sent by prisoners on death row to the President's office, asking for clemency. Among them, that of Afzal Guru, convicted for a terror attack on Parliament in 2001, a brazen assault in which 12 people were killed when Parliament was in session. The new President will have to decide what becomes of these mercy petitions, some of which have major political ramifications. For example, Balwant Singh Rajoana, who is in jail in Punjab for the assassination of former chief minister Beant Singh, is treated as a martyr and paid lavish tribute by the Sikh clergy.

    The President is also likely to have a huge imprint on the political future of the country in 2014, when the general elections are expected to yield a hung Parliament. The President could then have a casting vote to decide who should come to power. He also has the right to dissolve a deeply-fractured Parliament, if that's what the results deliver.

    Mr Mukherjee's victory today had been a given and long before the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress became the last ally to announce support for him. Apart from all the UPA allies, parties such as the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, as well as two Left parties - the CPM and the Forward Bloc - have also backed him.

    Mr Mukherjee's Sunday morning was routine, his campaign manager said. He read the papers, had tea, bathed and did his pooja. Then, he had to begin meeting the deluge of visitors.

    PA Sangma is not giving up even now. At a press conference he wished Mr Mukherjee much success but also described this year's Presidential elections as a "partisan and political" one. Team Sangma has said it will move court insisting that Mr Mukherjee's nomination is invalid. Team Sangma contends that Mr Mukherjee held an office of profit as the chairman of the Kolkata-based Indian Statistical Institute on the day he filed his nomination papers. Mr Mukherjee has said he had resigned from that position much before the date of filing nomination and has furnished papers which have since been cleared by the election officer. Mr Sangma's team still alleges those papers are forged.
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    Pranab Mukherjee to get a swanky Mercedes Benz Limousine

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    New Delhi: After becoming the 13th President of India, Pranab Mukherjee will not only have a change in designation and address, but also in his mode of transport. In place of his favourite bullet-proof Ambassador, Mr Mukherjee will get a swanky Mercedes Benz limousine to go around.

    Mr Mukherjee, who has always officially travelled in the Defence Ministry registered white Ambassador car, will now occupy the black S600L 'Pullman' luxury saloon which is the official carrier of the head of the nation.

    While the limousine is escorted by the elite Presidential Body Guards (PBG) during ceremonial events of the President, it zooms down from the Raisina hill with a bevy of VIP security vehicles when the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces travels otherwise.

    The Mercedes car, best-in-the-class in terms of comfort and security, had come to the Rashtrapati Bhavan during the tenure of President Pratibha Patil and has a host of dynamic features which are essential for the secure travel of a top dignitary.
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    Its dream come true for Pranabda. He always wanted to be prez:smokin:
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    President's challenges will include what next for mercy petition of Afzal Guru

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    New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee, the man who will be India's 13th president, has tough choices to make when he takes office on July 25.

    There are more than 10 petitions sent by prisoners on death row to the president's office, asking for clemency. Among them, Afzal Guru, convicted for a terror attack on Parliament in 2001, a brazen assault in which 12 people were killed when Parliament was in session. The new president will have to decide what becomes of these mercy petitions, some of which have major political ramifications. For example, Balwant Singh Rajoana, who is in jail in Punjab for the assassination of former chief minister Beant Singh, is treated as a martyr and paid lavish tribute by the Sikh clergy.

    The President is also likely to have a huge imprint on the political future of the country in 2014, when the general elections are expected to yield a hung parliament. The president could then have a casting vote to decide who should come to power. He also has the right to dissolve a deeply-fractured parliament, if that's what the results deliver.

    The President can delay legislation by withholding the required presidential assent.

    The Indian constitution recognises the president as head of state but stipulates that real executive power sits with the prime minister and his or her ministers. Where the president does have a say, however, is on the appointment of the prime minister.

    Sonia Gandhi's Congress Party, which leads today's coalition government, has seen its popularity crumble after a run of corruption scandals and scant progress in taming inflation, while the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is riven by squabbling leaders and hardly more ready for an election.

    Unless there is a radical change in the fortunes of one of these two national parties, the next general election should yield a 'hung parliament' and both will scramble to prove to the president that - with coalition partners - they command a majority of seats in parliament and therefore the right to rule.

    The Constitution is silent on who the president should appoint in such cases: the party with the most parliamentary seats or the alliance with the most credible claim that it has a workable coalition?

    In effect, it may be down to the judgement - and perhaps political preference - of the president to name the prime minister.

    CONSTITUTIONAL AMBIGUITY

    Framed in 1949 after the Westminster model, India's Constitution made the president a ceremonial head like the queen in Britain. However, the authors omitted to mention whether that model should be strictly followed, leaving it ambiguous.

    "This is a role that has been governed by convention rather than norm," said KK Venugopal, a constitutional expert.

    The Supreme Court has ruled that the president is not a mere figurehead but a moral authority who may stay in touch with the prime minister on matters of national importance and policy.

    So, without ever becoming a parallel political centre of power, the president can choose to influence the government - though few have chosen to flex their muscles and indeed most have been happy to play a passive, ceremonial role.

    Zail Singh, a president during the 1980s, contemplated dismissing the government led by Sonia Gandhi's husband, Rajiv Gandhi, after it became embroiled in a massive defence procurement scandal - but he didn't.

    "The problem is, some presidents have allowed brow-beating by governments," said BG Verghese of the Centre for Policy Research think tank.

    There have been some precedent-setting presidents, however.

    In 1999, following an inconclusive general election, Sonia Gandhi stood amid camera flashlights in the sweltering forecourt of the president's palace and announced that Congress and its allied parties together had 272 seats in the 545-strong lower house of parliament, enough to form a government.

    Then-president KR Narayanan was not convinced by her claim and allowed the BJP to form the government, which subsequently fell after a key ally pulled out of its coalition.

    His predecessor, former Congressman Shankar Dayal Sharma, also exercised his discretionary powers, choosing the BJP over its rival after inconclusive elections in 1996.
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    Pranab Mukherjee helped by cross voting in Karnataka BJP

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    New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee getting a lion's share of votes in the presidential elections was expected. The BJP-ruled Karnataka giving him more votes than it did PA Sangma was not. But the state has proved to be the BJP's Achilles Heel once again.

    Massive cross-voting in Karnataka helped Mr Mukherjee get 53 per cent of the vote from that state. He polled 117 votes, against Mr Sangma's 103. Mr Sangma, the BJP's candidate, should have got 116 votes, taking into account that allegedly three BJP votes were found invalid. And Mr Mukherjee expected 98 - 71 from Congress MLAs and 27 from the JD(S).

    Red in the face, the BJP will also now have the task of finding out which 13 MLAs cross voted. Difficult, say party sources, in a secret ballot.

    The party only recently gave in to pressure tactics from the Yeddyurappa camp and, it said, electoral imperatives, to make Lingayat leader Jagadish Shettar Chief Minister. But that meant angering another powerful community, the Vokaligas, since the man the party unseated, Sadananda Gowda, belongs to that community. Was it a section of unhappy Vokaligas that revolted?

    Was it the group of MLAs from the Bellary region, close to jailed mining baron Janardhana Reddy - who seemed to form a separate block when it came to recent negotiations?

    Or was it one of quite a few BJP men who are said to be unhappy at not being included as ministers?

    Then there is that statement of party strongman BS Yeddyurappa that will no doubt play out in the minds of many. Quite the law unto himself, Mr Yeddyurappa had said in an interview to NDTV recently that he believed Mr Mukherjee was a good candidate for President, but that as a loyal party worker he would vote for the BJP's candidate.

    Mr Yeddyurappa is the man who scripted Mr Gowda's exit. A year ago he had handpicked Mr Gowda to replace him as Chief Minister, when he was indicted by the state ombudsman in cases of illegal mining and had to step down. He believed he would be back soon and said as much. But when Mr Gowda seemed to have become his own man in a few months, Mr Yeddyurappa began the clamour for his ouster. He is supported by a majority of the BJP's MLAs and as such is still seen as the most powerful leader in the state. Once it became clear to him earlier this year that he wouldn't be back as CM any time soon, he began to demand that Mr Shettar be made CM.

    Karnataka watchers say there is no guarantee that he will not demand Mr Shettar's exit soon.
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    Pranab Mukherjee to take oath on July 25; Mamata Banerjee to be present

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    New Delhi: Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday telephoned Pranab Mukherjee, who was elected as India's 13th President, to congratulate him and assured him she would attend his swearing-in July 25.

    "Yes, Mamatadi had called up Pranabbabu after it became clear that he had won the presidential election. Pranabbabu thanked her and requested her to be present during the swearing in ceremony. Mamatadi has assured him she will be present during the ceremony," said party MP Kunal Ghosh.

    Mr Mukherjee will be India's 13th President, officials announced Sunday, as the former finance minister comfortably crossed the halfway mark with 558,000 votes to secure his journey to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

    His rival, former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma, was way behind with 239,966 votes as counting continued, Mr Mukherjee's polling agent Pravin H Parikh told IANS. "He has crossed the halfway mark. He is the president-elect," Parikh said.

    Though the result was clear, votes would continue to be counted till all the ballot boxes were opened.

    Ms Banerjee had earlier opposed Mr Mukherjee's candidature for the top job and had proposed former president APJ Abdul Kalam's name for the post.

    But after Mr Kalam decided against contesting, Ms Banerjee was mum on whom her party would back until she made a dramatic u-turn and extended her support to Mr Mukherjee.
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    Now what are the chances of vice-president election
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    I do remember the past presidents and never before was the Election of President being celebrated,
    It is strange that the Congress workers celebrated . You can see how desperate congress is to win something..
    As per me. the ascencion of Pranab Mukherjee to presidentship is start of the change in INDIA.
    Aaage aage dekhiye hota hai kya... and believe me, INDIA WILL SOON MAKE HISTORY.. albeit a different one. and that event will MAKE INDIA
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    its blood which will be split to gain complete independence
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    we have had slave dynasty in 13th century also. Now we are being run by a p*mp & pros****te dynasty. If a housemaid like Pratibha with no pratibha in her cud become our President, what is new & great about Pranab? He too has been a humble servant of congress party.
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    Let us wait and see how he trends upon his responsibilities in coming days….
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    what does a pommy does when given a biscuit? thats what he will do. raul has to now become a Dy PM/RM. His dual citizenship will now be in focus. Let Swamiji ask all the nations visited by him as to which passport he used in which country. That will nail him.
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    I think 2014 ellection is going to be more decisive with each passing day... if NDA lost that election the hope for India is completely lost
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    P s
    MPs 733 votes 72% 28%
    Andhra Pradesh MLAs 185 votes 98% 2%
    Arunachal Pradesh MLAs 56 votes 96% 4%
    Assam MLAs 113 votes 89% 11%
    Bihar MLAs 236 votes 62% 38%
    Chhattisgarh MLAs 89 votes 44% 56%
    Goa MLAs 40 votes 22% 78%
    Gujarat MLAs 182 votes 32% 68%
    Haryana MLAs 82 votes 65% 35%
    Himachal Pradesh MLAs 67 votes 24% 66%
    J&K MLAs 83 votes 82% 18%
    Karnataka MLAs 220 votes 53% 47%
    Kerala MLAs 124 votes 100% 0%
    Rajasthan MLAs 198 votes 57% 43%
    Odisha MLAs 141 votes 18% 82%
    Uttar Pradesh MLAs 398 votes 88% 12%
    West Bengal MLAs 278 votes 99% 1%
    Madhya Pradesh MLAs 223 votes 33% 67%
    Maharashtra MLAs 272 votes 83% 17%
    Manipur MLAs 59 votes 98% 2%
    Meghalaya MLAs 57 votes 60% 40%
    Mizoram MLAs 39 votes 82% 18%
    NCT of Delhi MLAs 68 votes 66% 34%
    Tamil Nadu MLAs 193 votes 23% 77%
    Uttarakhand MLAs 69 votes 57% 43%
    Sikkim MLAs 29 votes 97% 3%
    Tripura MLAs 57 votes 98% 2%
    Jharkhand MLAs 80 votes 75% 25%
    Punjab MLAs 114 votes 39% 61%
    Nagaland MLAs 58 votes 100% 0%
    Puducherry MLAs 28 votes 82% 18%
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    If you mean overthrowing the present republic you can line up with the maoists they are trying the same thing.

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