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Left parties may not be averse to Ansari for President

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A file photo of Vice-President Hamid Ansari.
A file photo of Vice-President Hamid Ansari.

The Left parties, which have been advocating “maximum consensus” to elect a new President, may not be averse to supporting a candidate like Vice-President Hamid Ansari if the Congress comes up with his name.

The Left parties were holding informal discussions with some parties and favoured evolving a consensus on the name of a Presidential nominee, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday.

The Left parties, which would initiate deliberations among themselves on Friday on the Presidential election, are clear that they would not support former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam whom they had opposed earlier too.

Confirming the meeting, Communist Party of India national secretary D. Raja said the four parties would meet on May 4, 2012 and hold “preliminary consultations” on the matter. “This will be the first occasion when we meet to discuss this issue,” he said.

Observing that the Congress had not yet firmly spelt out the name of a Presidential candidate, Left sources said they had not been approached by the Congress.

While refusing to be drawn into specific names, the CPI(M) has been saying it would support a candidate enjoying “maximum consensus” in the Presidential elections.

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury had earlier said the criteria for electing the President should not be on the basis of whether he or she was a political or non-political person, but on the basis of one who enjoys the maximum consensus.

But for this, the process of consultation has to be initiated by the Congress and “more delay will lead to all sorts of speculation“.

Asked whether the Left parties would be agreeable to names like Pranab Mukherjee or Hamid Ansari, the CPI(M) leader had then said: “Why should someone object or not object to anyone.

The ruling party, by delaying discussions, is allowing a lot of speculation. This is not at all healthy“.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat took exception to BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s reported remarks that Mr. Ansari lacked the stature for the Presidential post.

“It is inappropriate to talk about the stature of the Vice-President,” Ms. Karat said.

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Always don't think that people of India are fools.We know why your not supporting Dr.Abdul Kalam.If he become as a president of India he will never allow all ur decisions which will give personal benefits.Is there any other strong reason to oppose Dr.Kalam???

from:  Kumaravel K
Posted on: May 3, 2012 at 19:36 IST

Is Sonia listening?Left parties will never abandon Congress.Remember UPA
I.Till the fag end,the 'leftists'were propping up the congress led
govt.Left to themselves, left would love to align congress.This is not
withstanding periodical talks of third front.

from:  S.Srinivasan
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 20:56 IST

You CPI,will not give chance INDIA to lead.Its is clear from this
Presidential election candidate selection.U are not supporting APJ Abdul
Kalam where as u will support to a candidate who will b a rubber stamp
of politicians.U know very well that if Kalam become president he will
not support a illegal activity what u all are taking for your personal
benifit.U all go to hell.I think why people of India are not kicking out
to all of u.

from:  Padmalochan Panda
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 20:33 IST

What a shame! People have no say on who their President should be. A great person like
Abdul Kalam is not liked by both Congress and BJP. They are looking for another rubber
stamp President, who will be ready to free any corrupted politicians like ones in Tehelka
case. When will we see another President who is thinks of the people and not fellow

from:  Senthil Natarajan
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 19:58 IST

The speculations crisscrossing,over the support of presidential candidate by various political parties,in the absence of consensus, would surely lead to a situation,where one could expect once again a GANGIREDDU,which dances according to the diktats of its master.

from:  Anthony Rao
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 19:23 IST

Pratibha Patil was a gift of the Left.She had enough skeletons in her cupboard when the left agreed to back her. Now they are going to back another unworthy candidate for the top post. When will these people care for the nation?

from:  Dr S.Srinivasan
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 19:19 IST

President should be a non-polictical always and so should the Governers of State. Unfortunately , this ideology has no significance is our political rotted country.

from:  Dev
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 19:15 IST

Can the left make it any more obvious that their interests do not align with that of
the country's best interests? They have not gotten the message that the people
delivered in their strongholds of Kerala & WB. Now, after the disastrous presidency of
Mrs Patil, bringing back Dr. Kalam to the seat would restore honor to the position as
well as right the insult delivered to the man by not extending him to a second term.
The presidency is not a privilege awarded to the most loyal servants of the Gandhi
family and it is high time Congress party demonstrates that. They would be better off
striking a consensus with the BJP on this issue than look at the irresponsible left

from:  Srini Venkat
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 19:11 IST

People carefully watching movements of political parties, Left parties already punished by people for their mistakes, If they working against Mr.Kalam again they will vanish soon from india

from:  Manivannan
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 19:04 IST

If the basis is not based on merit, but by consensus, then, we are diluting the august office of President which we have already done by appointing Pratiba Patil - what qualification she had other than the rubber stamp of Congress.

from:  BALA
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 19:04 IST

One can understand why the left is not supporting DR APJ Kalam. They do not like
wise people who can engage the world to be in the top position. Ask yourself after Dr
Radhakrishnan which statesman other Dr Kalam has made a name for India across
the world. Of course he will not be a puppet in the hands of politicians as he thinks
and act. Unfortunate.....

from:  Venu
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 18:43 IST

Hamid Ansari vice-president of the country does not deserve to be elected as next president of India for this is the person who misused his constitutional status when he at the behest of the Congress party gave midnight burial to the continuing debate on the government drafted hollow lokpal bill in Rajya Sabha.He has lost the creditability to be elevated to the post of Ist citizen of this country.People are watching the dirty tricks being played by the ruling clique to have all the gears of the bill in their hand.

from:  shoued
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 18:37 IST

I would have to agree with Ms. Karat regarding the comments from Sushma Swaraj. She has brought disgrace to herself by commenting about the Vice President of India. She is obviously an unhealthy human being.
I hope the UPA Govt will agree on a suitable minority candidate be it a Muslim or Christian or Jain. There is also nothing wrong to re-elect Dr. Kalam for this post. If there was a voting, people with 90% majority would choose this People's President.

from:  Chokkalinga Nadar
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 18:27 IST

I am of the opinion that Left party not doing the right thing.
Mr.Ansari do not deserve to be a president.
India needs dynamic president not rubber stamp.
Mr.Ansari already prooved as spent force.He is no match to Mr.A.P.J

from:  K.Rangasamy
Posted on: May 1, 2012 at 17:41 IST
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