13th Presidential Election of India

13th Presidential Election of India

The 13thPresidential election of India is turning out to be far more byzantine than any presidential election in the previous two decades. Spearheaded by the rising relevance of regional parties in the country, it is fascinating to witness the riot of political designs that are fuelling the ascent to the most sanctified position in the country.

President of India
Rashtrapati Bhawan

The President of India by constitution is envisioned to be an individual with impeccable repute and acceptability. Being the first person of a nation of billions the President is in merry times a ceremonial designation but in turmoil is poised to be the guardian of the constitution.

For those who feel the need to be aware of the powers that accompany the ascent to this sanctified designation, here is the link – http://www.preservearticles.com/201104265930/10-essential-powers-of-the-president-of-india.html.

Resuming onto the current scenario, the 13th Presidential election of 2012 has been witness to a plethora to bizarre spectacles. If given the opportunity to compare, such anomaly prevailed during the election of Late Shri Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy during the Indira Gandhi government. Lady Gandhi did not express support to the official candidate of her political party thereby resulting in the election of President V V Giri as the 6th President. Eventually the JP Movement did pick up pace, Indira Gandhi lost the election and Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy became the first and only President of the country to be elected unopposed on July 25, 1977.

But the country has traversed immensely from the 70’s and the previous four tenures of Presidential candidates have been relatively semantic. The President of our great nation is arguably selected due to the immense lobbying prior to suggesting a name for the masses to recognise. The reason for resorting to adopting the term ‘selected’ rather than ‘elected’ is due to the somewhat unanimous opinion regarding the declared Presidential candidates.

The Parliament

Contrarily 2012 was an antagonistic portrait; the declaration of the Presidential candidate and the ambiguity that led to the medley was out in the open. The UPA-II struggling to cope with the addling necessity of maintaining the magical 273 in the Lok Sabha has been hounded by allies who have been dallying away from the coalition. Such is the dilemma for the Congress led UPA government that arch rivals (Communist parties) were interchanged (with TMC) when the party wanted to pass the Nuclear Bill. Even worse, the still pending Lok Pal Bill presented by the government was blatantly opposed by allies RJD and SP. The ruling coalition in the country is struggling with the lack of trust within the partners.

Pranab Mukherjee

The major opposition is not presenting any rosier a picture, the Shiv Sena opposed the NDA’s candidate and supported the UPA’s. Nitish led JD(U) maintained a studied silence and focused on targeting Narendra Modi rather than supporting the coalition. The endorsement of P.A. Sangma was delayed to cause magnified suspense on the consensus within the alignment.

It is not that this is the first time disarray has been over the future President of the country, the election of K.R. Narayanan wherein he competed against T. N. Seshan too was a nail biter. But unlike the 13th election the ruling coalition generated consensus prior to announcing names.

If the aforementioned discrepancies were not enough to force one to ponder over the state of affairs in our great nation, the justification for P.A. Sangma’s nomination is even more appalling. The preamble is openly denounced when once announces that a ‘tribal’ has never been the President of the country; hence Sangma’s application should be considered. All theories of equality and discrimination are discarded when such a statement is issued. The constitution of the quasi con federal state of India is ridiculed and the fundamentals are questioned.

The declaration of Somnath Chatterjee as the Presidential nominee by Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mamta Banerjee is another blot on the 13th Presidential election. Subsequent media reports revealed that the former speaker was unaware of the development, further ridiculing the ‘hit and trial’ procedure adopted by the parties.

Though it is somewhat understood that the current Finance Minister would be the next First Person of India, the road for Pranab Mukherjee is not as obvious as it was for his predecessors.


6 thoughts on “13th Presidential Election of India

  1. A plain article… Any of your angle would have been interesting……
    I did not get the meaning of this line-
    The President of our great nation is arguably selected due to the immense lobbying prior to suggesting a name for the masses to recognise

  2. The events which have unfolded prior to the Presidential Elections 2012 has just reaffirmed the fact that India is a functioning anarchy where political double crossing, double speak, hypocrisy, opportunism and u-turns have been institutionalized and no party is free from or immune to this sickness.

    PS : I loved the expression ‘Constitution of the Quasi-Con-Federal State of India’. Reminded me of someone 😛

  3. clearly the line stating how the president is selected and not elected sums up exactly what this fiasco has been…it was appalling how ppl were giving all kinds of reasons in the media justifying the candidature,representation of bengal to appease Mamta ,who opposed only because she cant support something that the CPI(M) is positive about ,an absolute regional angle …MSY saying Kalams name only to make his impo. felt with the Congress and Flip flopping all the way thru…the same way Sangma ,being supported to represent North east and Tribals,the president represents a Nation not a state or community….so after all the chaos they selected a candidate that caused least problems ,someone whom though Mamta does not support she cannot oppose as blatantly as she is used to she can only offer other options which have no takers.And Not AN ELECTED candidate who would have the grace needed or an array of non political ,humanitarian achievements that would inspire people.More importantly i am of the view that the president should be an apolitical person ,because a political person is obviously in the best position to lobby for the post.

  4. the article is as always really a nice work but ummm perhaps not as appealing as twesh mishra’s articles generally are,.. luking forward for twesh style articles…… like the screams of uncertainity and roxtar – the rational view…

  5. The race to Raisina has been one hell of a story from a journalist’s perspective…. but the more I read…. i feel even more frustrated…. it all seems too perfect… too scripted…. simply fake…. Congress wanted Pranab out of the race to PM’s throne… Mission accomplished…. and Pranab da – our battered Finance Minister – thought of the best retirement plan. Congress is not the only culprit…. In a country with a mute PM, pathetic and almost non-existent opposition and “Coalition dharma” as an answer to every question… what else can be expected….

    Dada wont be the elected Prez…. he will be the “Chosen one”….. Prez should be an apolitical person….. but what can we do…. lets wait and watch how “UN-biased” Dada is… after the change of address….. Its congress all the way….

    Coming to the point….. Very well written…..U have got this amazing way of forming sentences…..have read tonnes of material on this topic…. I can very well say that urs is among the top 10 best articles I read……;)

    I would love to read more of ur view point…. which i think was kind of missing here…… Its ur blog after all…..

    P.S.- I love the way u write…. looking forward to reading more of ur point of view…. 😉

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