Pranab Mukherjee is all set to become the 13th President of India. On Friday evening, June 15, 2012, Congress Party President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi announced his candidature for the post of President of India, during a meeting of the leaders of the Congress and the alliance partners, including DMK, RLD, NCP, NC and IUML.
The 77-year-old vetran Congress leader is cunnrelt the Finance Minister of the country and has 43 years of parliamentary experience.
Within minutes, after this announcement SP, which had joined hands with TMC leader Mamata Banerjee to propose the name of APJ Abdul Kalam for the post, broke away and pledged support to Mukherjee, leaving the West Bengal Chief Minister totally isolated.
This was followed by another major Uttar Pradesh party BSP, whose supremo Mayawati also extended her support, which will take Mukherjee close to the required vote value of 5.49 lakh in an electoral college consisting of MPs and MLAs with a total vote value of 10.98 lakh.
Even counting out TMC, which has a vote value of 48,000, Mukherjee is short of just about 26,000 vote value which is expected to be made up by other parties that may include the Left.
With the hunt for the next President over, Congress leadership is now faced with the job of finding who can fill “Dada’s” big shoes to become the next Finance Minister.