If recent developments are anything to go by, APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India may become Indian President, again!
Today Mamata Banerjee and Mulayam Singh Yadav who on Wednesday sent a shock wave by declaring Manmohan Singh, Somnath Chatterjee and Kalam as presidential choice, have cleared their stand further by saying that Kalam is their ‘first choice’. This came after the duo’s third meeting in the last 48 hours. What needs to be noted is that Kalam is a ‘serious contender’ for them but not yet their final nomination.
This stress on Kalam by Banerjee and Yadav can be seen in two ways-Either armed with a great show in their respective states, they want to leave Congress in a loop by breaking ties with it and compelling mid-term elections or it may just be another tactic to drive mileage out of their combined voting power of 11% of total deciding votes. Yadav’s Samajwadi Party may actually support Pranab’s name for a friendly compromise initiated by Congress. While Banerjee has vociferously challenged UPA to disown her, knowing her capabilities way too well!
In the midst of such political action, LK Advani today met Jayalalitha to discuss presidential elections and possibility of coordination between the two parties-BJP and AIADMK.Both the parties have agreed to coordinate which spells a good news for Kalam as BJP has a clear liking for Kalam and has made apparent its intentions of backing him for a second term, while AIADMK which was keen on PA Sangma, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), may finally abandon him to support Kalam. Although both the parties-BJP and AIADMK for now have ducked any clear response to the question of Kalam but truth remains that atleast four parties-BJP, AIADMK, TMC and SP are Kalam-friendly and unlike congress which vetoed Kalam as a choice, former President may end up in the post finally.