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Jul 26, 2012
13:48 (IST)
Hillary Clinton congratulates President Pranab Mukherjee | NDTV.com
Calling Pranab Mukherjee a strong partner of the American people, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated him on becoming India's 13th President.
Jul 26, 2012
13:48 (IST)
Congratulate Pranab Mukherjee for becoming first citizen, says Anna Hazare | NDTV.com
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.
Jul 26, 2012
01:25 (IST)

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.
Jul 26, 2012
00:32 (IST)
President Pranab: Tough road ahead?
After taking oath as the 13th President of India, Pranab Mukherjee outlines his idea of India in his acceptance speech. We look at the expectations ahead.
Jul 26, 2012
00:13 (IST)


Former President Pratibha Patil wishes Pranab Mukherjee as he took over as the 13th President of India on Wednesday.
Jul 25, 2012
18:32 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee flies in private jet, sent by Pranab Mukherjee, to attend his swearing-in ceremony
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.
Jul 25, 2012
15:46 (IST)
Interestingly Pranab Mukherjee sent Mamata Banerjee a jet plane to bring her for the swearing in ceremony and she returned to Kolkata on the same jet.
Jul 25, 2012
14:10 (IST)
From Poltu to President in two hours
Pranab Mukherjee took his oath as India's 13th President this morning. Here is how his big day unfolded.

Jul 25, 2012
14:08 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee escorted back after being sworn-in as President of India
Jul 25, 2012
13:36 (IST)
Rahul Gandhi will be President  Patil's new neighbour on Tughlaq Lane. The newest member of the Rajya Sabha - Sachin Tendulkar - had also been allotted a house on the same street, he declined.
Jul 25, 2012
13:24 (IST)
Pratibha Patil inspects a ceremonial guard of honour in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. PM, Sonia Gandhi, all Ministers present at the ceremonial send off to Mrs Patil.

She will temporarily move to a house on 2, Tughlaq Lane before relocating to a retirement home in Pune.
Jul 25, 2012
11:55 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee escorted from Parliament by his President's Body Guard in the S-class Mercedes. The procession heads up Raisina Hill - on its way to Rashtrapati Bhavan in a slow and steady procession.
Jul 25, 2012
11:48 (IST)
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BY SHRI PRANAB MUKHERJEE ON HIS ASSUMPTION OF OFFICE AS PRESIDENT OF INDIA

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.

Jai Hind

Jul 25, 2012
11:45 (IST)
National Anthem marks the end of the ceremony  in Parliament's Central Hall
Jul 25, 2012
11:45 (IST)
Vice President Hamid Ansari addresses the gathering
Jul 25, 2012
11:39 (IST)
President Pranab Mukherjee's acceptance speech
  • 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.

Jul 25, 2012
11:31 (IST)
The new President addresses the gathered dignitaries
Jul 25, 2012
11:29 (IST)
The oath of office for the President of India is as follows:

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.
Jul 25, 2012
11:28 (IST)
In the background, the 21-gun salute for the new President
Jul 25, 2012
11:28 (IST)
JUST IN:
Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office by Chief Justice SH Kapadia. India gets its 13th President
Jul 25, 2012
11:26 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee is now in the Central Hall of Parliament.  The letter in which the name of the President-elect was officially declared is being read out now - to the applause of the gathered MPs.
Jul 25, 2012
11:20 (IST)
NEWS UPDATE
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.
Jul 25, 2012
11:18 (IST)
The horse-borne President's Bodyguard are escort Ms Patil and Mr Mukherjee to Parliament House a short distance away. The outgoing President is with the stately Presidential limousine.


Jul 25, 2012
11:08 (IST)
The President's Body Guard is the oldest regiment in the Indian Army. They provide the ceremonial cavalry escort for the President on all ceremonial occasions.
Jul 25, 2012
11:06 (IST)
Ceremonial Guard of Honour at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan by the President's Body Guard.
Jul 25, 2012
10:43 (IST)

JUST IN: Pranab Mukherjee arrives at Rashtrapati BHawan

Jul 25, 2012
10:18 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee will be sworn-in at 11:38 am
Jul 25, 2012
10:18 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee's aide Pradyut Guha tells NDTV
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 .

Jul 25, 2012
10:07 (IST)
How 13 is lucky for Pranab Mukherjee
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.
Jul 25, 2012
09:48 (IST)
Even though Mr Mukherjee visited Rajghat alone, his whole family including his three sisters from West Bengal were at his home, early this morning. Sources say, they will all dress in traditional Bengali attire to attend the swearing in.  

Jul 25, 2012
09:36 (IST)
Seen here, Mr Mukherjee at Rajghat. He visited the memorial before he left for Parliament.

Jul 25, 2012
09:33 (IST)
Also spotted in his entourage was actor Mithun Chakraborty who had flown in with Mamata Banerjee last night. Mr Chakraborty will be present when Mr Mukherjee takes oath.
Jul 25, 2012
09:29 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee was accompanied to Rajghat  by Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath. Mr Mukherjee spent about 5 minutes there.
Jul 25, 2012
09:18 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee has left 13 Talkatora Road for Rajghat in a Mercedes Benz S 600 Limousine. He will He will then go to Parliament House. After taking oath he will go to his new residence - Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Jul 25, 2012
02:59 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee to be sworn in as the 13th President of India today
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.
Jul 25, 2012
01:21 (IST)
  • 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.
Jul 24, 2012
21:01 (IST)
Some Delhi Metro stations to close for Pranab Mukherjee's swearing-in
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.
Jul 24, 2012
17:55 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee showed leadership even as a teenager, says former classmate
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.
Jul 24, 2012
11:03 (IST)
No hard feelings about Mamata, hope she will attend swearing-in: Pranab to NDTV
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.
Jul 23, 2012
14:15 (IST)
NCP leaders Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel arrive to congratulate Pranab Mukherjee
Jul 23, 2012
14:12 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee will be going to Raj Ghat and the other memorials on Wednesday morning before the swearing-in ceremony. He will leave his residence at 13, Talkatora Road for Rashtrapati Bhavan at around 10.50 am. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 am.

Jul 23, 2012
11:07 (IST)
Raisina Hill all set to welcome Pranab Mukherjee
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.
Jul 22, 2012
22:36 (IST)

Pranab Mukherjee calls Prakash Karat, thanks CPI(M) for support

Jul 22, 2012
22:35 (IST)
Pranab's Presidency: More political and pro-active?
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.
Jul 22, 2012
22:33 (IST)
What Pranab Mukherjee will earn
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.
Jul 22, 2012
22:30 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee says it felt like general elections
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.
Jul 22, 2012
22:28 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee thanks JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav for support
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.
Jul 22, 2012
22:23 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee to get a swanky Mercedes Benz Limousine
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.
Jul 22, 2012
22:19 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee to take oath on July 25; Mamata Banerjee to be present
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.
Jul 22, 2012
20:29 (IST)
'Pranab Mukherjee will be missed in the UPA'
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.
Jul 22, 2012
19:58 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee: A Profile
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.
Jul 22, 2012
19:32 (IST)
Pranab helped by cross voting in Karnataka
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.
Jul 22, 2012
19:09 (IST)
Arvind Kejriwal slams Pranab Mukherjee

"Will disclose corruption allegations against Pranab on July 25," says the prominent Team Anna member.

Jul 22, 2012
19:08 (IST)
Final Vote Count
Pranab Mukherjee - 7,13,937 (69.3 per cent)
Purno A Sangma -  3,15,987 (31.7 per cent)
Total votes - 1,029,924
Jul 22, 2012
18:53 (IST)
Congratulating India's President-Elect
Jul 22, 2012
18:44 (IST)
It's official now, Pranab Mukherjee will be India's next president
Returning Officer VK Agnihotri declares Pranab Mukherjee as "duly elected to the office of the President of India"
Jul 22, 2012
18:37 (IST)
Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday telephoned Pranab Mukherjee, who is slated to become India's 13th president, to congratulate him and assured him she would attend his swearing-in July 25.
Jul 22, 2012
18:14 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee speaks
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.
Jul 22, 2012
18:05 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee's son, Abhijit, to NDTV
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.
Jul 22, 2012
18:00 (IST)
PM congratulates Pranab Mukherjee
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.


Jul 22, 2012
17:52 (IST)
Kapil Sibal says, "We had no doubt on Pranab winning the Presidential poll. Cross-voting in Karnataka shows his acceptability."
Jul 22, 2012
17:34 (IST)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and senior leader Rahul Gandhi are at Pranab Mukherjee's residence to congratulate him.

Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar also met and congratulated him.
Jul 22, 2012
17:34 (IST)
PA Sangma concedes defeat, congratulates Pranab Mukherjee

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.


Jul 22, 2012
17:32 (IST)
Cross-voting in favour of Pranab Mukherjee in Karnataka embarrasses BJP
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.
Jul 22, 2012
17:15 (IST)
Pranab to take oath at 11.30 am on July 25

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.   

Jul 22, 2012
17:12 (IST)

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."
Jul 22, 2012
16:38 (IST)

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Bansal congratulates Pranab Mukherjee. Mr Bansal is also Mr Mukherjee's polling agent.
Jul 22, 2012
16:37 (IST)

Mr Mukherjee will be sworn in as President at 11.30 am on July 25
Jul 22, 2012
16:34 (IST)

Pranab Mukherjee  told NDTV that he was "thankful for being elected."
Jul 22, 2012
16:32 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee crosses half-way mark, set to become President of India
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.
Jul 22, 2012
16:27 (IST)

For those counting and particular about their numbers, Pranab Mukherjee has far polled 5,58,195 votes.

Jul 22, 2012
16:23 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee will be the 13th President of India. After the counting of Maharashtra votes, he has crossed 5.58 lakh votes, say sources. That is about 51 per cent of the votes polled. 
Jul 22, 2012
16:21 (IST)
How the votes added up

MPs & MLAsVotesPranab Votes (%)Sangma Votes (%)
MPs733 votes72%28%
Andhra Pradesh MLAs185 votes98%2%
Arunachal Pradesh MLAs56 votes96%4%
Assam MLAs113 votes89%11%
Bihar MLAs236 votes62%38%
Chhattisgarh MLAs89 votes44%56%
Goa MLAs40 votes22%78%
Gujarat MLAs182 votes32%68%
Haryana MLAs82 votes65%35%
Himachal Pradesh MLAs67 votes24%66%
J&K MLAs83 votes82%18%
Karnataka MLAs220 votes53%47%
Kerala MLAs124 votes100%0%
Rajasthan MLAs198 votes57%43%
Odisha MLAs141 votes18%82%
Uttar Pradesh MLAs398 votes88%12%
West Bengal MLAs278 votes99%1%
Madhya Pradesh MLAs223 votes33%67%
Maharashtra MLAs272 votes83%17%
Manipur MLAs59 votes98%2%
Meghalaya MLAs57 votes60%40%
Mizoram MLAs39 votes82%18%
NCT of Delhi MLAs68 votes66%34%
Tamil Nadu MLAs193 votes23%77%
Uttarakhand MLAs69 votes57%43%
Sikkim MLAs29 votes97%3%
Tripura MLAs57 votes98%2%
Jharkhand MLAs80 votes75%25%
Punjab MLAs114 votes39%61%
Nagaland MLAs58 votes100%0%
Puducherry MLAs28 votes82%18%
*Each MLA vote has a designated value depending on which state he or she belongs to. All MP votes have a value of 708. The total value of MP votes is 5,49,408 and the total value of all MLA votes, across India, is 5,49,474. A total 10.98 lakh votes.
Jul 22, 2012
16:16 (IST)
Karnataka has more than obliterated the bit of bewilderment that the Jammu and Kashmir results had brought to the faces of Team Pranab. That state is ruled by the National Conference and the Congress and Mr Sangma was expected to get no more than 4 votes. He got 15. Mr Mukherjee got 82 per cent votes in J&K, Mr Sangma managed 18 per cent. So there is some cross voting to be looked at in J&K too, when the analysis is done. 

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.

Jul 22, 2012
16:11 (IST)
Neighbouring Kerala has added to that pleasure. The Congress-ruled state has given 100 per cent votes to Mr Mukherjee. Not surprising, because the opposition in Kerala is made up of the Left, primarily the CPM, which voted for Mr Mukherjee. 
Jul 22, 2012
16:09 (IST)
Of the total votes counted so far, Mr Mukherjee has 69 per cent so far. The Karnataka results pleasantly surprised Team Mukherjee - they've been all smiles since.
Jul 22, 2012
15:56 (IST)
As Pranab Mukherjee closes in on that magic halfway mark that will see him home, there is news that he has been helped by cross-voting in Karnataka. That BJP-ruled state has given Pranab Mukherjee 117  votes and Mr Sangma only 103 - that is 53 per cent in Mr Mukherjee's favour. Three votes were declared invalid.

Jagadish Shettar, brand new chief minister, will have to answer some tough questions very soon.

Jul 22, 2012
15:48 (IST)
Sources  say Pranab babu now needs just 50,000 more votes to take an unbeatable lead.
Jul 22, 2012
15:20 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee has a huge lead now, say sources. Of the votes counted so far, he already has about 4.4 lakh votes in his kitty. The moment he hits 5.25 lakh votes, which is halfway to the 10.5 lakh total votes, he will be home. Mr Sangma has so far polled 1,98, 629 lakh votes.
Jul 22, 2012
15:08 (IST)

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.   


Jul 22, 2012
15:04 (IST)
Satpal Jain, Purno Sangma's election agent has told NDTV's Sunil Prabhu that since this result is known, there is "nothing to concede defeat it is understood." But he has added, "We will be moving court on   whether Pranab's nomination is valid."

Team Sangma is not letting go yet clearly.

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Jul 22, 2012
14:57 (IST)


Celebrations begin at Mr Mukherjee's 13 Talkatora residence.
Jul 22, 2012
14:55 (IST)
And some more cheer for Mr Sangma on a Sunday that belongs to his opponent Pranab Mukherjee. Goa, also ruled by the BJP, has given 31 votes to Mr Sangma and nine to Mr Mukherjee. But the value of a Goa vote is only 20 as compared to, say, Bihar, where the value of each vote is 173.
Jul 22, 2012
14:52 (IST)
Here is the first state that has given Mr Sangma more votes. It is the BJP-ruled Chhatisgarh. Mr Sangma has 50 per cent of the Chhatisgarh votes, Mr Mukherjee has won 39 per cent. One vote was invalid, say sources.  

Jul 22, 2012
14:48 (IST)

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.

Jul 22, 2012
14:40 (IST)
So Pranab Mukherjee has won the A states. Here's a recap: He has won 98 per cent votes in Andhra Pradesh, 96 per cent in Arunachal and 89 per cent in Assam.

Coming up, B for Bihar.
Jul 22, 2012
14:34 (IST)
From Poltu to President - Five little-known facts about Pranab Mukherjee
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.
Jul 22, 2012
14:27 (IST)
Assam is in too. Mr Mukherjee has 89 per cent of the votes - that is 110 votes. Mr Sangma has 13. There were two invalid votes and one MLA abstained, sources say.



Jul 22, 2012
14:25 (IST)
And here are those figures. Mr Mukherjee has reportedly got 42 votes from Arunchal, Mr Sangma only three.
Jul 22, 2012
14:13 (IST)
Arunachal Pradesh votes have been been counted. The first state from the North East, which is Purno Sangma territory, but advantage Pranab continues - Mr Mukherjee has got 96 per cent of the votes in Arunachal, sources say. We'll have the break up here soon. Watch this space.  
Jul 22, 2012
14:08 (IST)
So this where counting so far is: The votes of all MPs and those of MLAs from Andhra Pradesh have been counted. Mr Mukherjee has, sources say, already bagged about 4 lakh of the total 10.50 lakh votes. He got 72 per cent of the MPs' votes and over 98 per cent of the Andhra votes.

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.
Jul 22, 2012
13:51 (IST)



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.
Jul 22, 2012
13:44 (IST)


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.


  


Jul 22, 2012
13:18 (IST)
NEWS UPDATE
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.
Jul 22, 2012
12:36 (IST)


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?

Jul 22, 2012
12:13 (IST)
Two votes have so far been declared invalid. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's vote was disallowed as he ticked Purno Sangma's name by mistake and then tore up that ballot paper to vote afresh. The vote of an MLA, Iftekar Ali Ansari, has also been disallowed because he made his vote known. This is a secret ballot.  
Jul 22, 2012
12:13 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee: First Bengali in Rashtrapati Bhawan?
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.
Jul 22, 2012
11:43 (IST)
Challenges before the new President
The man who is likely to be India's 13th president will have tough choices to make when he takes office. Read...
Jul 22, 2012
11:42 (IST)
"We are confident Pranab Mukherjee will win this election by a huge margin, and this is also the expectation of the people of the country ," says Rashid Alvi, Congress Spokesperson.
Jul 22, 2012
11:09 (IST)
All eyes are on Pranab Mukherjee, expected to be the next President of India. Mr Mukherjee began his Sunday as he does every day. He read the newspapers, had tea, bathed and finished his morning prayers, said his campaign manager, Pradyut Guha.

Mr Mukherjee is now meeting visitors. The first visitor at his Talkatora Road home today was Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. (Read)
Jul 22, 2012
11:07 (IST)
Counting of votes has begun.
Jul 22, 2012
10:59 (IST)
Security has been increased at Pranab Mukherjee's house at 13 Talkatora Road to prepare for the Prime Minster's visit this evening. X-ray scanners have been put up and SPG commandos are being stationed.
Jul 22, 2012
10:41 (IST)
Here's how the counting will happen. At sharp 11, election officers will begin to sort ballot boxes. Some MPs have voted in the Assemblies of the states they belong to, so their votes will be extracted and mixed with those of the MPs that voted at Parliament House on July 19.

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.
Jul 22, 2012
10:19 (IST)
So clearly, the UPA is sanguine that it is all in the bag. Mr Mukherjee's poll managers are confident that he has polled about 65 to 70 per cent of the vote. Will the best Prime Minister that India never had be the13th President? Watch this space.
Jul 22, 2012
10:15 (IST)
Message from the Prime Minister's Office: Dr Manmohan Singh will visit Pranab Mukherjee's house this evening to congratulate him. He will attend a banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening .
Jul 22, 2012
10:05 (IST)
The new President will be administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of India on Wednesday, July 25.
Jul 22, 2012
10:03 (IST)
The action is at Parliament House today. Ballot boxes with the votes of MPs and MLAs from all over India have been brought to Delhi and lined up. Counting will begin at 11 am and India should know who its 13th President will be by 4 pm.
Jul 22, 2012
09:33 (IST)
The counting will begin at 11 am and the result is expected at around 4 pm.
Jul 22, 2012
03:23 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee nears the finishing line of Rashtrapati Bhavan
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.
Jul 22, 2012
03:22 (IST)
President election result today; Pranab Mukherjee all set to win the race to Raisina Hill | NDTV.com
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.
Jul 22, 2012
00:54 (IST)
Timeline: Pranab Mukherjee: From "Village boy" to President-in-waiting
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.
Jul 21, 2012
23:25 (IST)
He has had no time for family: Pranab's daughter to NDTV
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.
Jul 20, 2012
23:45 (IST)
From 340 rooms to four, temporary digs await Pratibha Patil
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.
Jul 20, 2012
20:35 (IST)
Mulayam's oopsie: Vote for Pranab won't count after all
The Election Commission has said that Mulayam Singh Yadav's vote will not be counted in the election for President of India.
Jul 19, 2012
17:31 (IST)
The voting in the presidential elections have ended. The results are expected to be announced by Sunday evening.
Jul 19, 2012
16:54 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh speaker first to vote in presidential poll
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.
Jul 19, 2012
15:50 (IST)
Voting for Presidential polls has come to an end in Odisha after 145 of 147 MLAs and a Rajya Sabha MP cast their vote. A Congress MLA who is seriously ill did not turn up and the lone CPI MLA abstained from voting.
Jul 19, 2012
15:36 (IST)
Having announced her party's support for Mr Mukherjee at the last minute, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today exercised her franchise at the state Assembly.
Jul 19, 2012
14:36 (IST)
Maharashtra: Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has decided to abstain from voting.
Jul 19, 2012
14:33 (IST)
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah voted at the Assembly complex. His party, the ruling National Conference (NC), has 28 MLAs, Congress has 17 while Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has 21. While the NC is supporting Pranab Mukherjee, the Opposition is supporting PA Sangma.
Jul 19, 2012
13:13 (IST)
Kadapa MP and YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy and former Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao - jailed in corruption case - voted in the Assembly amid tight security. They were given special permission to cast their vote; both are now back in Chanchalguda jail in Hyderabad.


Jul 19, 2012
13:00 (IST)
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav reportedly ticked on PA Sangma's name by mistake during voting. Later, he tore the ballot paper when he realised his mistake.
Jul 19, 2012
12:50 (IST)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK chief M Karunanidhi voted in Chennai.
Jul 19, 2012
12:23 (IST)
Janata Dal (Secular) president and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda cast his vote at the Vidhan Soudha in Bangalore. Mr Gowda congratulated Mr Mukherjee in advance.
Jul 19, 2012
12:17 (IST)
YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy, jailed in connection with a corruption case, is on his way to cast his vote.
Jul 19, 2012
12:14 (IST)
Punjab and Haryana Chief Ministers, Parkash Singh Badal and Bhupinder Singh Hooda, cast their votes in Chandigarh.
Jul 19, 2012
12:11 (IST)
Our correspondent Uma Sudhir reports from Hyderabad: Students of Osmania University trying to break security cordon demanding boycott of presidential elections by Telangana MPs and MLAs.


Jul 19, 2012
11:26 (IST)
Shortly after casting her vote, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said she is more than confident of Mr Mukherjee's victory.
Jul 19, 2012
11:23 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee cast his vote flanked by PM Manmohan Singh and and Sonia Gandhi.


Jul 19, 2012
11:02 (IST)
Prime Minister and Pranab Mukherjee go inside Parliament House to cast their votes. Mr Mukherjee wearing a tilak on his forehead.
Jul 19, 2012
10:31 (IST)
Polling today began in Parliament House and state capitals for electing a new President. Brisk polling was witnessed in the early hours with M K Alagiri of DMK, Opposition BJD MPs led by B Mahtab and Pratap Singh Bajwa of the Congress among the early voters. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to cast his ballot at 11 am.
Jul 19, 2012
10:04 (IST)
Two senior leaders - Pranab Mukherjee and PA Sangma - are battling it out, in a race that's seen the biggest political twists and turns. MPs can vote in Delhi or states from where they are elected.
Jul 19, 2012
09:15 (IST)
In just about an hour from now, 4896 legislators - 776 MPs and 4,120 MLAs - will begin voting to elect the President. Voting closes at 5 pm and the result will be known on Sunday.
Jul 19, 2012
08:43 (IST)
President poll today, but Pranab is already President in this textbook
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.
Jul 19, 2012
08:03 (IST)
Presidential poll today; advantage Pranab Mukherjee in contest against PA Sangma
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.
Jul 19, 2012
08:02 (IST)
At Sonia Gandhi's lunch, PM's table had Mulayam and Trinamool
While the govt reached out to Mamata Banerjee, by having Mulayam Singh Yadav seated at the same table, it sent a subtle hint too.
Jul 18, 2012
19:17 (IST)
Kolkata: Preparations for voting underway at West Bengal Legislative Assembly in Kolkata on the eve of Presidential election.





Jul 18, 2012
17:58 (IST)
Winding up his campaign for the Presidential election, NDA candidate P A Sangma today met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and thanked her for supporting his candidature for the top post.


Jul 18, 2012
16:59 (IST)
Sonia hosts lunch, Mamata's party attends
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.
Jul 18, 2012
16:57 (IST)

Jul 17, 2012
17:11 (IST)
With Mamata's support, Pranab's candidature will be strengthened and I hope he will emerge victorious in the presidential election: Manish Tewari. 
Jul 17, 2012
17:02 (IST)
Shortly after Mamata Banerjee announced her party's support for Pranab Mukherjee for President, Mr Mukherjee said: "I welcome Mamata Banerjee's decision."
Jul 17, 2012
16:59 (IST)
Mamata will vote for Pranab for President, but not happy about it
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.
Jul 16, 2012
23:02 (IST)
The presidential campaigns of Pranab Mukherjee and Purno Sangma
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.
Jul 16, 2012
23:00 (IST)
Presidential polls could be as significant as 1969: PA Sangma
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.
Jul 16, 2012
22:59 (IST)
President poll: Pranab Mukherjee writes to Mamata Banerjee asking for support
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.
Jun 28, 2012
15:12 (IST)
President Polls: First Pranab, then Sangma files nomination papers
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.
Jun 28, 2012
14:42 (IST)

Jun 28, 2012
14:27 (IST)
Flanked by senior BJP leaders, Sangma gets ready to file nomination papers.
Jun 28, 2012
13:24 (IST)
Around 2:30 pm today, P A Sangma will file his nomination for the President Polls.

"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.

 
Jun 28, 2012
13:15 (IST)
Calculations at present give Mr Mukherjee a comfortable advantage with about 56 per cent votes in the electoral college.
Jun 28, 2012
13:14 (IST)
Allies apart, leaders of friendly parties like the RJD, BSP, SP attended. In all the bonhomie Mulayam Singh Yadav held hands with Senior Congress leader AK Antony as they walked down the corridor towards the Rajya Sabha General Secretary's office where Mr Mukherjee filed his nomination. Asked later, Mr Yadav said they had been and would remain "good political friends."
Jun 28, 2012
11:27 (IST)
President Pranab? Papers filed with Sonia, PM: Top 10 facts | NDTV.com
Pranab Mukherjee, who quit as Finance Minister earlier this week., has officially become the UPA's candidate for President of India today.
Jun 28, 2012
11:25 (IST)
After staking claim, Mr Mukherjee sought blessings - heavenly and political. "I only wish at this time that we have the blessings of god and cooperation of all at this juncture," he said.

Jun 28, 2012
11:14 (IST)


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.
Jun 28, 2012
11:11 (IST)
Seated next to Mr Mukherjee as he signed his nomination papers were Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi. UPA Allies, friends like Laloo Prasad Yadav and senior Congressmen made up the rest of the entourage.

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.
Jun 28, 2012
11:02 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee files nomination for President Polls
Jun 28, 2012
10:41 (IST)
Mr Mukherjee will not use an official car as he drives up to Parliament in a short while from now to file his nomination papers for the Presidential election. He is expected to use the personal car of fellow Congressman and minister V Narayanasamy.
Jun 28, 2012
10:25 (IST)
Presidential poll: Pranab Mukherjee, PA Sangma to file their nominations today | NDTV.com

Pranab Mukherjee and PA Sangma will file their nomination papers for the elections of President of India in a short while from now.

Jun 28, 2012
02:47 (IST)
Top BJP leaders including Narendra Modi to be present during PA Sangma's nomination | NDTV.com
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.
Jun 28, 2012
02:46 (IST)
Pranab Mukherjee to file four sets of nomination papers today | NDTV.com
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.
Jun 28, 2012
01:02 (IST)

Jun 22, 2012
16:53 (IST)
Nitish Kumar gets thank you call from President-in-waiting Pranab Mukherjee
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.
Jun 22, 2012
16:52 (IST)
Pranab or Sangma for President? The Math
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?
Jun 22, 2012
16:49 (IST)
Pranab is my guru, but I will contest for democracy: Sangma to NDTV
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.
Jun 21, 2012
20:09 (IST)
President poll: CPM backs Pranab, putting Mamata in a corner
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.
Jun 21, 2012
17:36 (IST)
CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat says, "Pranab Mukherjee has the widest acceptance. But we willl continue to oppose the UPA government's neo-liberal policies."
Jun 21, 2012
17:16 (IST)
NEWS UPDATE
Left divided over Pranab Mukherjee's bid for President: CPM has decided to support him. CPI and RSP oppose; CPI  says it will abstain
Jun 21, 2012
12:42 (IST)
Mr Sangma addresses media;
  • 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.

Jun 21, 2012
12:39 (IST)
BJP picks PA Sangma as candidate for President polls
"Dr Abdul Kalam decided not to contest, so our option was PA Sangma, the tallest leader of the North East," said Sushma Swaraj.
Jun 21, 2012
12:23 (IST)


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:

Sushma Swaraj:
  • 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.
Arun Jaitley says:
  • 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.

Jun 21, 2012
02:34 (IST)
President Poll: NDA split wide open?
Has the rift between leaders of the NDA coalition deepened over backing PA Sangma as the presidential candidate?
Jun 20, 2012
19:31 (IST)
NEWS UPDATE
BJP meet ends. Sushma Swaraj says," We will decide on Sangma by tomorrow."
Jun 20, 2012
19:01 (IST)
PA Sangma's problematic math
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. 


Jun 20, 2012
18:59 (IST)
NEWS UPDATE
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

Jun 20, 2012
17:57 (IST)
NEWS UPDATE
Pranab Mukherjee calls on Sonia Gandhi
Jun 20, 2012
17:46 (IST)
Left parties to meet tomorrow at 4:30 pm at CPM headquarters at AKG Bhavan in New Delhi
Jun 20, 2012
17:36 (IST)
Yeddyurappa's new revolt includes hint of support for Pranab
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.
Jun 20, 2012
17:31 (IST)
NEWS UPDATE
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.

Jun 20, 2012
16:02 (IST)
NEWS UPDATE
NCP chief Sharad Pawar accepts Mr Sangma's resignation
Jun 20, 2012
16:00 (IST)
Presidential poll: PA Sangma quits party, making him more appealing for BJP
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.
Jun 19, 2012
12:44 (IST)
BJP wants presidential contest, allies back Pranab Mukherjee: 10 facts
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.
Jun 19, 2012
12:43 (IST)
BJP ally Shiv Sena says it backs UPA candidate Paranab Mukherjee for the post of President of India. "We felt Pranab to be a capable candidate. There is no bitterness between us and the BJP," said Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

Jun 19, 2012
01:02 (IST)
Presidential poll: BJP to try for consensus within NDA on Sangma, say sources
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.
Jun 19, 2012
00:15 (IST)
Sources to NDTV: Shiv Sena assures support to Pranab Mukherjee for President. Mr Mukherjee called the Thackerays' for the second time on Monday.
Jun 18, 2012
23:33 (IST)
BJP to try for consensus within NDA on PA Sangma: Sources
  • 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

Jun 18, 2012
22:21 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee's ministers 'will quit if forced', Congress says let's stick together
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.
Jun 18, 2012
21:26 (IST)
NEWS UPDATE
BJP core group meeting begins at Nitin Gadkari's residence
Jun 18, 2012
21:11 (IST)
NEWS UPDATE
 Rajnath Singh arrives for BJP core committee meet
Jun 18, 2012
21:09 (IST)
Derek O'Brien to NDTV
  • 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."
Jun 18, 2012
20:59 (IST)
Shakeel Ahmed, Congress General Secretary in-charge of West Bengal
  • 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
Jun 18, 2012
20:55 (IST)