India is going to have its new president around the middle of this year, as Mr Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure ends at July 24. The NDA including BJP holds control over 47.5 % votes of the presidential election, after BJP’s monumental success in the state election of Uttar Pradesh. If supported by AIADMK and BJD, BJP can have the power to make the final selection. Shiv Sena is not likely to support BJP. Last time Mr Mukherjee won against P Sangma with over 69 % votes.
In all possibility, PM Modi can suggest the name of LK Advani as the presidential candidate. But it is a question how the Indian mass would react to this choice after the veteran leader’s name has got hitched in the Babri Masjid issue. The presidential election is performed by an electoral body comprised of the MPs, MLAs and members of Rajya Sabha. So, the state assembly elections will determine BJP’s power in the presidential election.
An MLA represents the number of votes proportionate to the population of the state (according to the census of 1971); so, an MLA from Uttar Pradesh will have the biggest influence in selecting the next President of India.
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