Calling Pranab Mukherjee a strong partner of the American people, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated him on becoming India's 13th President.
Anna Hazare, who is based for now at a protest camp at Delhi's Jantar Mantar, has wished Pranab Mukherjee for becoming the President of India. Mr Mukherjee, who quit as Finance Minister last month, was sworn in as India's 13th president yesterday.
President Pranab Mukherjee waves to the media on his arrival at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in a horse-drawn carriage during a ceremony after he took oath on Wednesday.
Former President Pratibha Patil wishes Pranab Mukherjee as he took over as the 13th President of India on Wednesday.
Of the many people that flew in from Kolkata to attend President Pranab Mukherjee's swearing in ceremony, was West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She came by private jet, sent to her by her host, Mr Mukherjee, and flew back to Kolkata on the same plane.
She will temporarily move to a house on 2, Tughlaq Lane before relocating to a retirement home in Pune.
Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil,
Shri Hamid Ansari,
Smt. Meira Kumar,
Shri Justice S.H. Kapadia,
Members of Parliament,
Your Excellencies, Friends and fellow citizens,
I am deeply moved by the high honour you have accorded to me. Such honour exalts the occupant of this office, even as it demands that he rises above personal or partisan interests in the service of the national good.
The principal responsibility of this office is to function as the guardian of our Constitution. I will strive, as I said on oath, to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution not just in word but also in spirit. We are all, across the divide of party and region, partners at the altar of our motherland. Our federal Constitution embodies the idea of modern India: it defines not only India but also modernity. A modern nation is built on some basic fundamentals: democracy, or equal rights for every citizen; secularism, or equal freedom to every faith; equality of every region and language; gender equality and, perhaps most important of all, economic equity. For our development to be real the poorest of our land must feel that they are part of the narrative of rising India.
I have seen vast, perhaps unbelievable, changes during the journey that has brought me from the flicker of a lamp in a small Bengal village to the chandeliers of Delhi. I was a boy when Bengal was savaged by a famine that killed millions; the misery and sorrow is still not lost on me. We have achieved much in the field of agriculture, industry and social infrastructure; but that is nothing compared to what India, led by the coming generations, will create in the decades ahead.
Our national mission must continue to be what it was when the generation of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Rajendra Prasad, Ambedkar and Maulana Azad offered us a tryst with destiny: to eliminate the curse of poverty, and create such opportunities for the young that they can take our India forward by quantum leaps. There is no humiliation more abusive than hunger. Trickle-down theories do not address the legitimate aspirations of the poor. We must lift those at the bottom so that poverty is erased from the dictionary of modern India.
What has brought us thus far, will take us further ahead. India's true story is the partnership of its people. Our wealth has been created by farmers and workers, industrialists and service-providers, soldiers and civilians. Our social harmony is the sublime co-existence of temple, mosque, church, gurudwara and synagogue; they are symbols of our unity in diversity.
Peace is the first ingredient of prosperity. History has often been written in the red of blood; but development and progress are the luminous rewards of a peace dividend, not a war trophy. The two halves of the 20th Century tell their own story. Europe, and indeed the world, reinvented itself after the end of the Second World War and the collapse of colonization, leading to the rise of great institutions like the United Nations. Leaders who ordered great armies into the field, and then understood that war was more barbarism than glory, transformed the world by changing its mindset. Gandhiji taught by example, and gave us the supreme strength of non-violence. India's philosophy is not an abstract in textbooks. It flourishes in the day-to-day life of our people, who value the humane above all else. Violence is external to our nature; when, as human beings, we do err, we exorcise our sins with penitence and accountability.
But the visible rewards of peace have also obscured the fact that the age of war is not over. We are in the midst of a fourth world war; the third was the Cold War, but it was very warm in Asia, Africa and Latin America till it ended in the early 1990s. The war against terrorism is the fourth; and it is a world war because it can raise its evil head anywhere in the world. India has been on the frontlines of this war long before many other recognized its vicious depth or poisonous consequences. I am proud of the valour, conviction and steely determination of our Armed Forces as they have fought this menace on our borders; of our brave police forces as they have met the enemy within; and of our people, who have defeated the terrorist trap by remaining calm in the face of extraordinary provocation. The people of India have been a beacon of maturity through the trauma of whiplash wounds. Those who instigate violence and perpetuate hatred need to understand one truth. Few minutes of peace will achieve far more than many years of war. India is content with itself, and driven by the will to sit on the high table of prosperity. It will not be deflected in its mission by noxious practitioners of terror.
As Indians, we must of course learn from the past; but we must remain focused on the future. In my view, education is the true alchemy that can bring India its next golden age. Our oldest scriptures laid the framework of society around the pillars of knowledge; our challenge is to convert knowledge into a democratic force by taking it into every corner of our country. Our motto is unambiguous: All for knowledge, and knowledge for all.
The weight of office sometimes becomes a burden on dreams. The news is not always cheerful. Corruption is an evil that can depress the nation's mood and sap its progress. We cannot allow our progress to be hijacked by the greed of a few.
I envisage an India where unity of purpose propels the common good; where Centre and State are driven by the single vision of good governance; where every revolution is green; where democracy is not merely the right to vote once in five years but to speak always in the citizen's interest; where knowledge becomes wisdom; where the young pour their phenomenal energy and talent into the collective cause. As tyranny dwindles across the world; as democracy gets fresh life in regions once considered inhospitable; India becomes the model of modernity.
As Swami Vivekananda in his soaring metaphor said, India will be raised, not with the power of flesh but with the power of the spirit, not with the flag of destruction, but with the flag of peace and love. Bring all the forces of good together. Do not care what be your colour-green, blue or red, but mix all the colours up and produce that intense glow of white, the colour of love. Ours is to work, the results will take care of themselves.
There is no greater reward for a public servant than to be elected the first citizen of our Republic.
- Hunger is the biggest humiliation
- Peace is the first ingredient of prosperity
- For our development to be real, the poorest of our land must feel they are part of the narrative of rising India.
- I will strive to preserve, protect and defend our constitution not just in words but also in spirit
- War against terrorism is the foe...and it s a world war because it can raise its head anywhere in the world India has been at frontline of this war long before others recognized its consequences
- Corruption is an evil that can depress a nation's mood and sap its progress...we cannot allow our progress to be hijacked
- I envisage an India where every revolution is green...where knowledge becomes wisdom...where India becomes model of modernity
- No greater reward for a public servant than to be elected the first citizen of our republic...thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Jai Hind.
I, (Pranab Mukherjee), do swear in the name of God (or solemnly affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President (or discharge the functions of the President) of the Republic of India, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the law, and that I will devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of Republic of India.
Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office by Chief Justice SH Kapadia. India gets its 13th President
Pranab Mukherjee arrives at Parliament. He is received by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Meira Kumar, Chairman of the Rajya Sabha and Vice President of India Hamid Ansari and the Chief Justice of India, SH Kapadia.
He was very happy. He was very happy and calm and quiet. He's going to take a new assignment; he got lot of assignment in his life, now he's got his final assignment for the President of India. He's mentally very happy. He was cool and calm with his family and he goodbye them and [has] gone for taking oath.
He wore a new type of dress - black choga-achakn .
Pranab Mukherjee is set to be sworn in as 13th President of India. That number, conventionally believed to be unlucky, has served Mr Mukherjee well. So well that he has refused to move out of his relatively modest 13, Talkatora Road residence, despite being entitled to a bigger house for many years now. However, He now will move from there straight into the world's largest presidential palace.
Pranab Mukherjee will be sworn in as the India's 13th President in New Delhi today. Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia will administer the oath of office to Mr Mukherjee at 11:30 am.
- Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met President-elect Pranab Mukherjee and congratulated him on being elected to the top post.
- Ms Banerjee, who will be attending today's function for the swearing-in of Mukherjee as the next President, drove to his Talkatora Road residence straight from the Delhi airport soon after her arrival from Kolkata.
- Sources close to the West Bengal Chief Minister said Mr Mukherjee thanked her during their interaction.
Three Metro stations in central Delhi will be closed to the public for two hours in the morning on Thursday due to security restrictions in view of the swearing-in of Pranab Mukherjee as President.
President-elect Pranab Mukherjee had shown sparks of brilliance even as a teenager when he had persuaded a minister to order the renovation of his school's building that had a "thatched roof" and was in a "very bad shape", a former classmate of his says.
Speaking to NDTV, hours after his official victory the President-elect says he may have been a Congressman for four decades, but as President he understands the need to defend the constituition, he says, gives clear space to his office to have views that may be divergent from the government.
Rashtrapati Bhawan is getting ready for its new resident, Pranab Mukherjee, who will take oath as the 13th President of India at 11.30 am on Wednesday. This evening, Parliamentarians will gather in Central Hall to give a farewell to Pratibha Patil.
We take a look at the political implications of Pranab Mukherjee's victory, as it is not just a personal one, but is being hailed as victory for the UPA's political managers.
As president, Pranab Mukherjee will draw a salary of Rs.1.5 lakh a month. His official car will be a bulletproof Mercedes Benz. Around 200 staff will maintain the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
President-elect Pranab Mukherjee thanked people across the country for his victory and said that with emotions running high it felt like another general election.
Soon after being elected as the 13th President of India, Pranab Mukherjee phoned Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav and thanked him for his party's support to him in the election.
After becoming the 13th President of India, Pranab Mukherjee will not only have a change in designation and address, but also in his mode of transport. In place of his favourite bullet-proof Ambassador, Mr Mukherjee will get a swanky Mercedes Benz limousine to go around.
Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today telephoned Pranab Mukherjee, who was elected as India's 13th President, to congratulate him and assured him she would attend his swearing-in on July 25.
DMK's TR Baalu on Sunday said veteran Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee, who is set to make his way to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, will be missed in the alliance.
Many years ago, at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan, he told his sister Annapurna Banerjee wistfully that in his next life he would like to live there. "Why not now?" asked his elder sister. Mr Mukherjee will now live in the world's biggest presidential palace.
Pranab Mukherjee getting a lion's share of votes in the presidential elections was expected. The BJP-ruled Karnataka giving him giving him more votes than it did PA Sangma was not. But the state has proved to be the BJP's Achilles Heel once again.
Pranab Mukherjee - 7,13,937 (69.3 per cent)
Purno A Sangma - 3,15,987 (31.7 per cent)
Total votes - 1,029,924
Returning Officer VK Agnihotri declares Pranab Mukherjee as "duly elected to the office of the President of India"
I would like express my deep gratitude to all of you who are waiting.
The figure has crossed 7 lakhs, only one state remains. The final figure will come from the returning officer.
I would like to thank the people of India for electing me to this high office.
The enthusiasm, the warmth of the people was remarkable.
I have received much more from the people of this country, from the Parliament, than I have given.
Now I have been entrusted with the responsibility of protecting and defending the constitution as President. I will try and justify the trust of the people.
I would like to reciprocate the congratulation Shri Purno Sangma has extended.
I have not congratulated him yet. We believed in him from the very beginning. (On Mr Sangma's statement on partisan elections) One has to accept defeat. If there was something wrong, the Election Commission would have pointed out. If he (Sangma) wants to shout, let him shout.
PM Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur meet Pranab Mukherjee at his residence, congratulate Mr Mukherjee on his win.
Clad in a navy blue galabandh Pranab Mukherjee receives the PM at his gate, obliges waiting camera crews with a photo op.
Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar also met and congratulated him.
I congratulate Pranab Mukherjee on his victory and wish him success. I place on record my grateful thanks to the Tribal forum of India.
I also thank the BJD, AIADMK, BJP, others who gave me support. My special thanks to those who prayed for me.
I might have lost the election but the nation has lost a golden opportunity to show solidarity with the tribals. I do believe I have won hearts and minds.
The President is above politics but the process of electing the President is not.The process this year has been particularly partisan and political.I think there should be a code of conduct, like there is for other elections.
Faction-ridden ruling BJP in Karnataka suffered a humiliation today when Pranab Mukherjee secured a backing of 117 MLAs as against P A Sangma's 103, with some BJP members cross-voting in favour of the UPA nominee.
As soon as all votes are counted and an official announcement is made today, the man who has worn many hats will be known as President-elect till Wednesday, July 25, when he is sworn in as President. He has already conveyed that he would like to be sworn in on that day at 11.30 am in the Central Hall of Parliament.
On Wednesday morning, Mr Mukherjee will be escorted by the Military Secretary to the President of India. From to Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Pratibha Patil and Mr Mukherjee will leave in a ceremonial cavalcade for the swearing in ceremony.
The Chief Justice of India will administer the oath of office.
The short route will be lined with soldiers in ceremonial dress.
Defence Minister AK Antony has said the UPA will miss Mr Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram has thanked allies and friends and the BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad has congratulated him "warmly."
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal congratulates Pranab Mukherjee. Mr Bansal is also Mr Mukherjee's polling agent.
President of India: Pranab Mukherjee will be the 13th President of India. Sources say he has now crossed the magic mark - 5.25 lakh of the 10.5 lakh total votes, and as soon as counting is over, he shall be officially declared winner.
For those counting and particular about their numbers, Pranab Mukherjee has far polled 5,58,195 votes.
|MPs & MLAs||Votes||Pranab Votes (%)||Sangma Votes (%)|
|Andhra Pradesh MLAs||185 votes||98%||2%|
|Arunachal Pradesh MLAs||56 votes||96%||4%|
|Assam MLAs||113 votes||89%||11%|
|Bihar MLAs||236 votes||62%||38%|
|Chhattisgarh MLAs||89 votes||44%||56%|
|Goa MLAs||40 votes||22%||78%|
|Gujarat MLAs||182 votes||32%||68%|
|Haryana MLAs||82 votes||65%||35%|
|Himachal Pradesh MLAs||67 votes||24%||66%|
|J&K MLAs||83 votes||82%||18%|
|Karnataka MLAs||220 votes||53%||47%|
|Kerala MLAs||124 votes||100%||0%|
|Rajasthan MLAs||198 votes||57%||43%|
|Odisha MLAs||141 votes||18%||82%|
|Uttar Pradesh MLAs||398 votes||88%||12%|
|West Bengal MLAs||278 votes||99%||1%|
|Madhya Pradesh MLAs||223 votes||33%||67%|
|Maharashtra MLAs||272 votes||83%||17%|
|Manipur MLAs||59 votes||98%||2%|
|Meghalaya MLAs||57 votes||60%||40%|
|Mizoram MLAs||39 votes||82%||18%|
|NCT of Delhi MLAs||68 votes||66%||34%|
|Tamil Nadu MLAs||193 votes||23%||77%|
|Uttarakhand MLAs||69 votes||57%||43%|
|Sikkim MLAs||29 votes||97%||3%|
|Tripura MLAs||57 votes||98%||2%|
|Jharkhand MLAs||80 votes||75%||25%|
|Punjab MLAs||114 votes||39%||61%|
|Nagaland MLAs||58 votes||100%||0%|
|Puducherry MLAs||28 votes||82%||18%|
The state gave Mukherjee 68 votes while Sangma got 15 votes. Two votes were declared invalid. Mukherjee's vote value here stands at 4896 while Sangma got 1080. The Assembly has 87 MLAs.
Jagadish Shettar, brand new chief minister, will have to answer some tough questions very soon.
Here's another state for you Mr Sangma. Narendra Modi's Gujarat has, as expected, voted in favour of the former Lok Sabha Speaker. He got 123 votes, Mr Mukherjee managed 59.
Team Sangma is not letting go yet clearly.
Bihar: Mr Mukherjee has won 146 votes, Mr Sangma 90. Four votes were invalid, says sources. That is 62 per cent votes for Mr Mukherjee and 38 per cent for Mr Sangma.
Bihar is ruled by NDA partners Janata Dal (United) and the BJP. The JD(U), the senior partner in Bihar, broke ranks with the BJP to vote for Mr Mukherjee. Most of the NDA is backing Mr Sangma.
Coming up, B for Bihar.
The UPA's little big man, Pranab Mukherjee is all set to be sworn-in as the 13th President of India on July 25. In a political career of over four decades, Mr Mukherjee has served as minister in every Congress government since 1971.
Please do remember that this is unofficial information yet, trickling out of the counting centre in Parliament House. Votes from states are being counted alphabetically.
Votes from Andhra Pradesh have been counted. With even Jagan Reddy coming out of jail for a few hours to vote in favour of Mr Mukherjee, this was a no-contest. Sources say that of the 185 valid votes counted, Mr Mukherjee got 182. Mr Sangma got all of three votes. There were five invalid votes.
Was that Dr Manmohan Singh who just walked into Pranabda's house? No, that was the fake Manmohan Singh. The PM is expected to visit Mr Mukherjee only later in the evening.
All MP votes have been counted. Sources say out of the 733 votes counted, Pranab Mukherjee has got 527 and PA Sangma 206 votes. The sources say 15 votes were found invalid - nine from the Pranab Mukherjee side and six from Mr Sangma's side.
Counting is still underway, but along with a stream of important visitors, boxes of sweets and bouquets have also begun arriving at Pranab Mukherjee's 13 Talkatora Road residence. President Pranab soon?
In 1996, West Bengal had come close to having a Bengali Prime Minister in Jyoti Basu. But that ultimately did not happen. That lament of the Bengalis is likely to come to an end.
Mr Mukherjee is now meeting visitors. The first visitor at his Talkatora Road home today was Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. (Read)
The votes of MPs will be counted first. The results will be displayed in Parliament, but there will be no announcement.
After the votes of MPs have been counted, the votes of MLAs in their states will be counted. Alphabetically, so Andhra Pradesh first. That is where Jagan Reddy was allowed to leave jail for some time to vote. He surprised everyone by voting for Pranab Mukherjee.
The results from each state will be displayed in Parliament House, but an official announcement will come only after all the counting is over.
He began his political career in 1969 and has served in every Congress cabinet since Indira Gandhi. He is often referred to as the best Prime Minister India never had. Now, Pranab Mukherjee's sterling, over four-decade-long political journey could reach its peak at Rashtrapati Bhavan, India's top constitutional post, as the counting and declaration of results of the July 19 President poll takes place today.
It's the final day of the race to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The counting of votes for the Presidential elections will take place today and the country will know who will replace Pratibha Patil.
For decades now Pranab Mukherjee has been ubiquitous in Indian politics. His political career spans over 40 years, most of them spent in important positions. in an interview to NDTV in 2009, however, he said, "I am a village boy". Through this timeline, we trace that journey from village to the power corridors.
Speaking exclusively to NDTV, Sharmishtha Mukherjee, Pranab Mukherjee's daughter says she prefers her father becoming President rather than Prime Minister as he is overworked, has had many responsibilities, and hardly has any time for himself or his family.
After the 340 rooms of Rashtrapati Bhavan, a four bedroom bungalow in New Delhi will be President Pratibha Patil's temporary residence after she steps down on July 24 before moving into her retirement home in Pune in about a month.
Polling to elect India's new president proceeded smoothly and briskly in the Andhra Pradesh assembly on Thursday with speaker Nadendla Manohar the first to cast his vote.
He might not have been formally elected as the President of India, but a university textbook in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli has already declared Pranab Mukherjee as the 14th President of India.
The stage is all set for the Presidential poll today with UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee going up against former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma. The numbers are heavily stacked in Mr Mukherjee's favour, who whipped coalition partners into shape and quelled scandals as the Congress party's chief firefighter for years.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi today hosted lunch for all MPs belonging to the ruling coalition and supporting parties, a day before they vote for India's next President.
Mamata's Trinamool Congress will vote for Pranab Mukherjee for President in the July 19 polls. The decision was taken at a meeting in Kolkata today where Ms Banerjee met some important MLAs and MPs of her party.
The race to Rashtrapati Bhawan will see a battle between Pranab Mukherjee and Purno Sangma as India's Electoral College votes for a new president on July 19.
Enthused by backing from 18 political parties, opposition Presidential Candidate P A Sangma on Sunday hoped to draw support from some more parties and said the July 19 polls could be as significant as the one held in 1969 when V V Giri defeated the Congress candidate.
Pranab Mukherjee, the ruling UPA's candidate for President of India, has written to Mamata Banerjee seeking her support. Ms Banerjee's party, the Trinamool Congress, is the only UPA member which has opposed Mr Mukherjee's candidacy.
A few hours after a smiling Pranab Mukherjee, the UPA's candidate, filed his nomination papers for the post of the 13th President of India today, Purno Sangma officially made it a contest by filing his papers as the Opposition's candidate.
"I am a candidate nominated by two chief ministers- Naveen Patnaik and J Jayalalithaa- and backed by the BJP and NDA allies. I am extremely grateful to leaders who have supported me," said Mr Sangma.
Pranab Mukherjee, who quit as Finance Minister earlier this week., has officially become the UPA's candidate for President of India today.
Mrs Gandhi signed the register, Mr Mukherjee many papers, which were then scrutinised by the returning officer. There are 480 important signatures on his four sets of nomination papers. Notably, Janata Dal(United) chief Sharad Yadav is the first signatory on one set; Mr Yadav's party is an important part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). He was however not present at Mr Mukherjee's nomination photo-op.
Missing today was key UPA ally Mamata Banerjee, but others like the DMK's TR Baalu and Farooq Abdullah of the National Congress were there. So was Ram Vilas Paswan.
Pranab Mukherjee and PA Sangma will file their nomination papers for the elections of President of India in a short while from now.
Making its intentions clear in backing its presidential candidate PA Sangma all the way, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will put up a show of strength today when the former Lok Sabha Speaker files his nomination.
UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee is expected to file four sets of nomination papers today signed by top UPA leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Nitish Kumar, chief minister of Bihar, received a vote of thanks from Pranab Mukherjee this morning, in advance of the votes Mr Kumar's party has promised him in the election for President of India.
India's Electoral College that will vote for a new president July 19 is made up of 4,896 members - 776 members of parliament and 4,120 members of the state assemblies. Between them they have 10,97,012 votes and the winning candidate needs at least 50 per cent of these.
How do numbers stack up?
PA Sangma, who is running for President of India against Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, tells NDTV that his decision to run against the Finance Minister is a serious bid, not a symbolic gesture.
The four parties that make up the Left have decided their stand on the election for President of India. Two - the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), and the Forward Bloc - have said they will support Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who is the candidate of the UPA. The CPI and the the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) will abstain from the July 19 vote.
Left divided over Pranab Mukherjee's bid for President: CPM has decided to support him. CPI and RSP oppose; CPI says it will abstain
- I am very much in the race
- I am not a candidate of any single political party- my name has been sponsored by two powerful CMs - Naveen Patnaik and J Jayalalithaa
- Today I am very happy that the BJP has taken a stand to back my candidature.
- Akali Dal, JMM and other smaller parties have told me they are with the decision of the BJP
- JD(U) and Shiv Sena have taken a different stand. Appeal to them to reconsider.
- The Constitution clearly states that elections of President shall be by secret ballot. Therefore you cannot go by black and white- conscience of nation and electoral college will work.
- Have spoken to Mamata Banerjee seeking her support. She requested me to support her candidate Now that Dr Kalam is out of the race, I hope Ms Banerjee will support me. I am in touch with her.
BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley today addressed a press conference on election for President of India where they announced their support for PA Sangma.
Here are the highlights of the press conference:
- BJP to back PA Sangma for candidate
- Two allies - Shiv Sena and Janata Dal (United) - not on board
- A pre-requisite of a consensus candidate is prior consultation - UPA did not do that. They sought consensus after they announced Pranab Mukherjee as their candidate
- Only then did PM phone LK Advani, who told him that "you are informing us... you did not seek our advice."
- So BJP decided we will try to have a contest
- But Dr Abdul Kalam decided not to contest, so our option was PA Sangma, the tallest leader of the North East.
- He has enjoyed a rich term as Speaker
- He has political experience
- We will not give the Congress a walkover
- NDA is a very strong and mature alliance, we are capable of differing on some topics but sticking together on the whole
- We are still trying to bring our partners on board.
- We were informed after the announcement (of Pranab Mukherjee) and asked to fall in line
- Can we been seen as strengthening a failed UPA? We decided not to fall in line.
- The idea of an election is integral to democracy, it is not alien to democracy.
- We want to maintain our character as opposition
- We ask all members of NDA, we appeal to MPs and MLAs to support Sangma
- This decision to back Sangma will not affect NDA
- We will accept that we were not able to find consensus among our members on this one issue.
BJP meet ends. Sushma Swaraj says," We will decide on Sangma by tomorrow."
Naveen Patnaik and J Jayalalithaa, Mr Sangma's official sponsors, hold 6% of the vote. If the BJP jumps on board, he manages 26% of the vote. An additional 4% comes his way if he wins the endorsement of Mamata Banerjee, who is a member of the UPA but has refused to support Mr Mukherjee. That adds up to just 33% of the electoral college.
Pranab Mukherjee spoke to Prakash Karat yesterday and sought support: Sources to NDTV
Earlier, on June 15, the PM spoke to the CPM General Secretary
The CPM's Politburo is meeting tomorrow morning, the four left parties will meet at 4 pm
Sources: Left to factor-in developments in the NDA
It's never quiet for long within the ruling BJP in Karnataka. And often the man at the centre of the turmoil is former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa.
Sources: Janata Dal United has decided not to support PA Sangma. Party president Sharad Yadav has communicated this to the BJP leadership. JDU is waiting for the BJP to make a formal announcement.
PA Sangma, adamant on running for President of India, has resigned from the party that he co-founded several years ago with Sharad Pawar. Mr Sangma says he has no choice but to quit the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), which is a member of the ruling coalition, the UPA.
After it failed to persuade former president APJ Abdul Kalam to run for a second term, the BJP is trying to decide whether to put up a candidate against Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the candidate of the ruling UPA.
After former president APJ Abdul Kalam today refused to run for President of India, the BJP core group met tonight at Nitin Gadkari's residence on whether to back former speaker PA Sangma, who is contesting the election as the candidate of chief ministers J Jayalalithaa and Naveen Patnaik.
- Despite Kalam's refusal, BJP promises contest in the Presidential polls
- BJP to try for consensus within NDA on PA Sangma, if Mr Sangma stays in contest
- BJP to try and win support for Mr Sangma, if BJD and AIADMK continue backing him
- In case Mr Sangma backs out, BJP to explore of a candidate from the NDA fold
Mamata Banerjee: Mamata Banerjee's ministers, who met with her in Kolkata this evening, said that though they are ready to resign if forced, they plan to stick with the UPA. "Many channels are saying that Trinamool ministers have submitted resignations to Mamata Banerjee.
- It's a question of the situation
- Our view on the Presidential candidate has been unchanged
- We were opposed to 2 names proposed by Congress
- Now we will meet again and take a call on what will be the plan of action
- Mamata Banerjee has posted on FB what the view of the party is; we respect his decision and understand the kind of pressure he was under
- Our strategy endorses one thing - we wanted someone of the stature of Mr Kalam to President of India.
- We are perennial optimists. Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool culture is "what you see is what you get."
- Mamata is a respectable and strong ally of UPA
- We have fought the elections together and will in the future
- There is no issues between us, there is always a difference in opinion when it comes to certain issues
- She was, she is and will always be a strong ally party of UPA
- Today when Kalam said he won't fight elections, so now I don't think there is any issue
- I also believe that she will wholeheartedly support Pranab