Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Indian Presidential Elections-2012: Finally Mamata U-Turns To Support Pranab!
After ushering in the most bizarre twist to the Indian Presidential Elections-2012 and after maintaining the most unmitigated suspense over her party's support Mamata Bannerji, finally, decided to vote for Pranab Mukherjee--the Presidential candidate nominated by the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA-2). The unstoppable Chief Minister of West Bengal had earlier said that her party, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), would declare its decision 72 hours before the polling date on July 19, 2012. And today, with less than 48 hours to go, she informed the press in Kolkata that her party had no other option but to support Pranab and that she was doing it to uphold democratic traditions as abstaining from voting would've amounted to betrayal of the people. If fact, after her Kalam drama Mamata became helpless as her partner-of-the-day Mulayam Singh Yadav dumped her the moment Pranab Mukherjee’s name was officially announced. But the firebrand leader maintained even today that Pranab was a poor choice and Kalam had been the ideal one.
Anyway, the 'dear sister' had finally come out in favor of her ‘elder brother' perhaps thus ending the dilemma of the people of West Bengal in being able now to freely rejoice over the prospect of having the first ever Bengali President of the country. In the preceding days Mamata had been continuously approached by both Pranab Mukherjee and the self-styled Presidential candidate PA Sangma for her precious support. Now, the road for Pranab's landslide victory is almost clear while PA Sangma would be feeling utterly disappointed and maybe even let down. The Presidential Poll had become a contest thanks to the last minute decision of the main national opposition party (BJP) to nominate PA Sangma.
Meanwhile, the process of electing India's Vice-
had also begun with UPA-2 nominating the present VP Hamid Ansari for a second
term and the opposition's National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominating veteran
BJP leader, Jaswant Singh, for the post. The Vice-Presidential Elections-2012
is also poised for a straight contest between the two with odds in favor of
Hamid Ansari as all of UPA-2 partners and the Left alliance had decided to
support him. While several NDA partners who shied away to vote for Pranab
Mukherjee had come back into the alliance to vote for Jaswant Singh the
latter's chances were still considered dim. The ‘democratic’ contests for the prestigious
posts of the country have come about thanks to a 'committed' opposition who
does not believe in 'consensus' in the nation's interest and desperately want a
mid-term poll to further aggravate the inflationary trends for which it always
condemns the ruling coalition!
'Pained' Mamata reiterated again her 'commitment' to oppose the ruling coalition from within on economic reforms that she did not believe in and true to her nature she kept the suspense on regarding her support for the Vice-Presidential candidate. For a change she did not mention the mandatory hours, but only said there was still enough time! Reports suggest she is most likely to support Ansari too as the Prime Minister had already requested her.
All set now for the 14th Indian Presidential Elections-2012 on 19th July and the results to be declared on July 22, 2012.
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