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In search of a President

In search of a President

S. Sivadas , Jun 17, 2017

With the deadline approaching for the presidential election processes to be set in motion there are hectic parleys over the selection of candidates. The talks to arrive at a consensus have also been proceeding side by side. The meeting Sitaram Yechuri had with the UPA leaders is of significance. Also of importance are the hectic parleys that Ghulam Nabi Azad has been holding with like-minded parties and ‘other’ groups.

 Mr. Venkiah Naidu of the NDA has been trying his best to bring about a consensus and feelers have already gone to the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in this regard. As the deadline approaches these tend to get intensified and the persuasive and negotiating skills of both groups would be stretched to the maximum.

 In this context the names that are floating in the media circles do not mean much except as trial balloons at best. The meeting of the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat with the President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, however, is of a different category. Once in the news as a prospective candidate for the post, the interest that Mr. Bhagwat shows now has led to conjectures. Is he trying to persuade Mr. Mukherjee to stand for a second term? Or is he trying to get his support for his candidature?

Though the President has been maintaining a discreet silence about his future, there are reports that he has already started moving his possessions to a new home.  

It would seem that, like any earlier presidential election, this time also there is likely to be last-minute surprises and  compromises and even some dark horse.


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