President poll 2012 looks as a sweep through for Mr. Pranab Mukharjee, as the ruling party, UPA, announced him as their official candidate for the post of president. But this time president polls will hold much significance because if UPA doesn’t get its candidate elected as President, the Government is not going to survive. And it will prove control of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi over UPA. Soniya Gandhi, the supreme authority in UPA had dictated everyone with her choice of Pranab Mukherjee until her allies Mamta Banerjee and Mulayam Singh Yadav were ready with the list of their own choices – Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chaterjee, and former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
It will be very difficult and very inauspicious if UPA had to force this duo. And if Congress needs to give in, it will greatly damage the political system. Both want their respective states to get benefited from the centre. But it took a while to understand why they put Dr. Manmohan Singh’s name on their list, and why did the Prime Minister firmly refused this option within hours.
This is the first time when Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mamta Banerjee partnership has an impact on Indian politics. Clearly their first objective is to make UPA a yesterday’s story and to win nearly 60-70 seats in 2013 elections and with the axis of nearly 100 MP’s, they can win critical negotiating power in their next coalition. It seems Mulayam Singh Yadav left Lucknow to his son not because of his age, but because he had Delhi in vision.
The authority and authenticity of congress had steadily sapped between 2009 and 2012. Today the situation is dramatically different from the one, which Sonia Gandhi faced during selection of Mrs. Pratibha Patil for the President’s post in 2007. If we have a look at figures, Congress was weaker at the centre then, than it is now. It had only 146 seats in Loksabha that time while having 206 now.
Sonia Gandhi had very limited choices, and Pranab Mukherjee as a candidate was a predictable selection. But now if BJP and its allies backs Mulayam and Mamta’s choice of Kalam, the number game will surely going to turn towards the later ones. Now everyone is impatient to know who’s gonna be the next President, but whatever may be the result it is going to affect UPA deeply.