New Delhi: The race for the President's post got complicated by the minute on Wednesday. The list of contenders grew to five prominent politicians, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister Manmohan Singh. This came after Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav rejected Congress President Sonia Gandhi's choices and came up with three new names.
It's complete confusion after a series of political confabulations on who will be the next President of India. The contenders whose names have been taken out in the open are:
- Pranab Mukherjee, who Mamata Banerjee says he is the first on Sonia Gandhi's list.
- Hamid Ansari is Sonia's second choice, says Mamata Banerjee.
But Mulayam Singh Yadav has now thrown up three names in a joint press conference with Mamata Banerjee. According to Mulayam, he has considered APJ Abdul Kalam as the President for the second time, Somnath Chatterjee and lastly Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
But with confusion in the UPA ranks and the Left rejecting Pranab Mukherjee and Hamid Ansari's names, the speculation continues amongst other names in the race, which include that of Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. But it's clear that the race to the Rashtrapati Bhawan is far from over.