It may be the case that it is Sonia who wants Manmohan Singh as President! Well it was Mamata and Mulayam who endorsed Manmohan Singh as a choice for President but if looked beyond what is obvious, this comes around as a strong possibility. It is anyway politics and one can’t really expect Sonia Gandhi to right away nominate Manmohan Singh as Presidential hopeful of Congress and jeopardize party’s fortunes as such a move will not be taken kindly by people especially when it will clearly smack of the big game plan where MS had to warm the seat until Rahul Gandhi got ready for the big post. Thus in order to save skin, this endorsement of MS for President may be left to SP and TMC who are supporting the government with their crucial numbers. MS has been a shocking entry in the race and it is tough to deny that this surprise was reserved for the last as now this plan can be executed in a hush hush manner while the media will keep on reporting how Mamata and Mulayam have defied Ms. Gandhi while essentially they have played to the script.
It is unwise to expect Mamata and Mulayam to break the ranks and defy Madam Gandhi when in the past despite of worst of the circumstances; they have been loyal to her whims and fancies. Suggesting the name of a Congress person who is PM incumbent does not only require courage but clearly atleast a silent nod from the Congress top bosses. Also the fact about Rahul’s culmination as a top boss-PM is coming around nicely as MS will not sidestep into irrelevance and for the public will continue to hold a position of importance thus save Congress from the blame of using MS for Rahul and Rahul will finally (rightfully as they think) will occupy the post to steer helm of this government in the crucial last leg of its present term.