The Race for presidential candidates is getting hotter as the election day arrives on June 19th.First TMC chief allay of congress dumped Congress by announcing open support for A P J Abdul Kalam . Earlier the SP chief Mulayalam Singh had gathered with Mamata Banerjee and threw open three names including former lok sabha speaker Somnath chaterjee and embarrassed the UPA government by mentioning the name of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
|The ‘ M & M’ Jodi
It’s been for long in the news that Mamata is not willing to back Pranab Mukherjee’s since the relations between her are said to be in red due to various political reasons. Infact it is said that he was one of the reasons why she left congress to form Trinamool congress.
Sources however say the congress is unhappy over Mamata announcing the name of PM Manmohan Singh which shows that the congress allays want a change in top leadership. Though party insiders say that a sizeable portion in congress wants a change in top leadership so as to bring a change in image before the 2014 general elections.Mr.Singh is also being under the lens for his role in allocating the coal blocks for which C.B.I. is working.
Sources however said the name of A P J Abdul Kalam is being considered after the CPI(M) General secretary Gurudas Gupta said that he is not going to back any UPA candidate because of the failure of government in every field. Meanwhile the BJP lead NDA has declined to give their candidate excusing that UPA should nominate a candidate as it has has the numbers not the NDA.
There is a possibility this all this might have been choreographed and all the Mulayalam Mamta meet would be artificial and in the end Pranab would come in. There is a possibilty Mamta although being an UPA allay would back down and SP being an outside supporter would pitch in.Earlier Orissa CM and BJD leader Navin Patnaik and Tamil Nadu CM jaylalithaa had come in full support of tribal leader and former speaker P A Sangma sice orissa has sizeable amount of tribals and in the 60 years of independence no tribal leader has reached there
Mamat also threw away the name of Vice president Hamid Ansari saying that he was an ideal candidate and though did not bellong to any political party was in Politics for over three decades . But SP chief Mulayan Singh Yadav had already made it clear that he won’t back any Bureaucrat for the top job.
Meanwhile BJP sources that said that they might well strike a deal with UPA and support them in favour to get senior BJP leader Jaswanth Singh for the post of Vice President . This was sparked after Jaswant Singh met SP chief Mulayalam Singh at his Delhi residence .
Meanwhile Pranab Mukherjee after being stabbed by Mamata sources said was talking to left leaders to back him. But the biggest breakthrough came when UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi named Pranab Mukherjee as the official candidate of the UPA,thus dumping Mamata Banerjee and her wish for a relief package for the cash trapped Bengal. Speculations arrived soon after that the Congress had talked to BSP and left and gained support.This came as a much needed relief for the congress as otherwise it had sparked a mid-term poll like situation.
Similarly, BSP supremo Mayawati pledged her party’s backing for the Congress veteran, saying he is the most able candidate of all those announced. “Our party has decided to vote in favour of Pranab Mukherjee,” she said at a press conference in Lucknow, shortly after UPA’s announcement.
With support of SP and BSP, the UPA candidate is in a position to garner nearly half of the total vote value of 10,98,882. On its own, UPA has a vote value of 4.12 lakh after deducting TMC’s 48,049.
But the addition of 1.12 lakh vote value of SP (68,812) and BSP (43,349) will take the vote value of UPA to 5.24 lakh. This leaves the ruling alliance with a slight deficit of 25,000 vote value, assuming all other parties are ranged against the UPA candidate.
The BJP-led NDA has a vote value of 3.04 lakh while the left Parties account for over 51,000 vote value. The UPA announcement ended all the speculation over who will be its candidate after several names were made the rounds including Vice-President Hamid Ansari and dark horse Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.
Ever since the TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav proposed Kalam and two others, there has been speculation that Yadav might not stick to the TMC game.