13th June, 2012, New Delhi: The Election Commission of India has declared that the presidential poll will take place on 19th July. Now, all eyes are on Sonia Gandhi, the Congress chief, as the ruling UPA is about to decide their candidate.
Recently, Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee’s name has come out as front-runner, but there is still no clarity regarding UPA’s choice for this spot. Already, there have been several discussions among top leaders of all political parties, but none have been able to finalize a name.
P. A. Sangma, the former Lok Sabha speaker, is the lone declared candidate by NCP (the Nationalist Congress Party) for this post.
V. S. Sampath, the Chief Election Commissioner, stated that on 16th June, the elections would be notified. Voting will take place on 19th June and would be counted on 22nd July, only 2 days earlier when Pratibha Patil’s term as the president ends.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told that they have repeatedly showed that UPA is cohesive and united. There are no differences between Congress and its allies. It appears that the wait for UPA’s candidate will end today as Mamata Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress chief hold talks in New Delhi. Last night, Mamata Banerjee already held talks with Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Samajwadi Party chief.