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22 July 2012

Pranab Mukherjee Elected As India's 13th President: Shrewd UPA wins and Lackluster NDA Loses

Pranab Mukherjee, 13th President of India 

© Harish Jharia 

United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Pranab Mukherjee has won the presidential election, beating NDA supported PA Sangma by a huge margin scoring more than 558,000 votes, crossing the required 50%  mark of 5,25,140 votes. Pranab Mukherjee will be administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of India on July 25 at the Central Hall of Parliament at 11:30am. 

The wictory was obviously sure as Pranab Mukherjee had the support of the parties of the ruling alliance UPA, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal, DMK, Forward Bloc, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal-Secular. In addition to the UPA allies, a couple of parties of the opposition alliance the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) - Janata Dal-United and Shiv Sena also joined the crowd in support of Pranab Mukherjee. 

Before filling up the nomination form as a candidate for the post of the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was the Finance Minister in the union cabinet of Government of India and was considered as the 2nd in command after the Prime Minister. He was the senior most member of the ruling Congress Party and was always considered as the most deserving person for the post of Prime Minister of India.  

He missed the chance to become the head of the Indian Government more than once in the past and was expected to be projected as a prime-ministerial candidate in the forthcoming general elections scheduled in 2014. Nevertheless, in spite of the fact that Pranab Mukherjee was the most active, sought-after and powerful politician after Sonia Gandhi, he was fielded as the candidate for President, rendering him politically retired. The political analyst and common men of India were caught unawares on knowing about the candidature of Pranab Mukherjee for the President of India. 

This election was quite interesting as the ruling alliance lead by Congress Party played a shrewd political trick for fulfilling various scheduled plans of the Congress Party and for achieving the goal, played all sorts of out-of-the-way games for seeking support of other political parties like Samajwadi Party, Trinamul Congress and few others. 

At the same time, the opposition alliance NDA lead by BJP displayed the most lethargic action plan, indecisiveness and gross disagreement among their allies. It has also been proved that there is lack of leadership in the NDA as they could not declare their presidential candidate well in time for giving tough fight to the UPA candidate and amass support of their allies and other parties for their candidate. 

NDAs indecisiveness in declaring Abdul Kalam as the opposition candidate resulted in a political disaster for the NDA and for BJP in particular. Their main ally Shiv Sena and UPA’s ally Trinamul Congress TMC kept shouting for Abdul Kalam but all that fell on the deaf ears of NDA. Had NDA declared Abdul Kalam as their candidate, there were chances that PA Sangma might have withdrawn from the election and Shiv Sena and TMC would surely have supported NDA. 

It would have been better had NDA / BJP declared their own candidate either Abdul Kalam or PA Sangma, rather than declaring support for Sangma after he fielded himself, defying objections from his own party - National Congress Party NCP, an ally of the ruling alliance UPA. 

Anyways, Pranab Mukherjee is one of the most suitable and deserving persons for becoming the first citizen of the Republic of India. We congratulate him on winning the presidential election and congratulate him for becoming the President of India. We look forward for a very successful tenure for him and wish, hope and expect that Pranab Mukherjee will definitely take landmark historical decisions without being influenced politically by anybody whom so ever. 

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Read more about Presidet of India Election:
President of India Election 2012: Who will be the next Indian President… Abdul Kalam or Pranab Mukherjee? :  http://www.discovery-of-life.com/2012/06/president-of-india-election-2012-who.html
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