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Mukherjee to be sworn-in as 13th Indian President on Wednesday

Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia will administer the oath to President-elect Mukherjee at 11:30am on Wednesday


New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee will be sworn in as the 13th Indian President on Wednesday at a special ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament, reports PTI.
 
Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia will administer the oath to Mukherjee at 11:30am in the presence of Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers and a host of dignitaries, a Home Ministry communique said.
 
The function will begin with the arrival of outgoing President Pratibha Patil and President-elect Mukherjee in a ceremonial procession from the Rashtrapati Bhawan to the Parliament Building. They will be received by Kapadia, Ansari and Kumar and escorted to the Central Hall.
 
After Mukherjee takes over, he will be given a 21-gun salute, address the gathering and then leave for the Rashtrapati Bhawan with Patil.
 
Mukherjee will be given an inter-services guard of honour in the forecourt of the Presidential palace.
 
He will then escort Patil to her temporary accommodation on Tughlak Lane where she will stay till her post-retirement home in Pune is ready.

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Pranab Mukherjee is India’s 13th President

Pranab Mukherjee got 5,64,469 vote value, well beyond the half-way mark of 5,25,140 in an electoral college of over 10.5 lakh when counting of votes of 20 of the 30 states was completed

New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee was on Sunday elected as the 13th President, marking a new journey for the veteran Congress leader after over four decades of life in active politics, reports PTI.

Mr Mukherjee, UPA nominee, got 5,64,469 vote value, well beyond the half-way mark of 5,25,140 in an electoral college of over 10.5 lakh when counting of votes polled by the MPs and MLAs of 20 of the 30 states was completed.

His rival PA Sangma, who was backed by BJP and some other opposition parties like All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD), could manage only 2,57,466 vote value, according to Rajya Sabha secretary general VK Agnihotri, who is the returning officer for the poll.

Mr Mukherjee, 76-year-old Congress leader, brings to the top Constitutional post a wealth of experience as he has held key positions in the party and government, including holding the portfolios of finance, defence and external affairs.

He established a clear lead right from the beginning when counting of votes of MPs completed and maintained it across the states, except the BJP-ruled ones. He sprang a surprise in BJP-ruled Karnataka where he got the votes of 117 MLAs against BJP’s 103 in the 224-member assembly.

Out of 748 MPs, who had voted, he secured 527 votes with a value of 3,73,116 against 206 for Mr Sangma which has a value of 1,45,848.

Fifteen votes including that of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav were invalid. Of these, nine were to be in favour of Mr Mukherjee while six for Mr Sangma.

Voting for the presidential election took place on 19th July. The electoral college for the poll comprises MPs and MLAs.

As Mr Mukherjee headed for victory, senior ministers, including AK Antony and P Chidambaram, went to his 13, Talkatora Road residence to greet him.

“He will be a great President. We wish him all the success,” Mr Chidambaram told reporters outside his residence.

As expected, Mr Mukherjee won with the backing of UPA partners, including Trinamool Congress which had announced its support only at the last minute.

Outside supporters of UPA, including Samajwadi Party and BSP, besides some opposition parties like JD (U) and Shiv Sena also voted in his favour.

In Kerala, it was a clean sweep for Mr Mukherjee as he got all the 124 votes polled while one was invalid. Mr Sangma drew a blank. CPI and RSP members abstained from voting which has a 140 member Assembly.

In neighbouring BJP-ruled Karnataka, there has been apparent cross-voting. Mr Mukherjee got the majority votes in the 224-member Assembly with 117 MLAs voting for him. Mr Sangma could get only 103 votes while three votes were invalid. One MLA did not vote.

The Congress had expected only 102 votes, including that of HD Deve Gowda-led JD (S).

Mr Sangma, as expected, scored heavily in states ruled by BJP, like Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Goa.

Strangely in Jharkhand where BJP shares power with JMM, Mr Sangma got the votes of only 20 MLAs. JMM voted for Mr Mukherjee.

The electoral college included 4,120 MLAs in the states.

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Rajkumar Singh

5 years ago

I wish him a great success.

Rajkumar Singh

5 years ago

I wish him a great success.

Pawar irked at being sidelined; meets Sonia amid reports of resignation

Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with Sharad Pawar comes ahead of the Congress Core Group meeting this evening which is expected to take stock of the situation


New Delhi: Sulking Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, who is believed to have resigned from the Union Cabinet aggrieved over a variety of issues, on Friday, met India’s ruling coalition United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, reports PTI.
 
Mr Pawar drove down to 10 Janpath apparently to discuss various issues including Congress’ treatment of its allies.
 
Mr Pawar and NCP leader Praful Patel were, on Thursday, believed to have resigned from the Union Cabinet, upset over a variety of issues including the number two slot for Mr Pawar.
 
Ms Gandhi’s meeting with Mr Pawar comes ahead of the Congress Core Group meeting this evening which is expected to take stock of the situation.
 
Mr Pawar, a former chief minister and one of the senior members of the Cabinet, is also believed to be hurt over the lack of consultations by Congress with its allies, including NCP, and its reluctance to include the party in crucial Cabinet panels like Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) or even being considered for the post of the Leader of the House in Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament), following the resignation of Pranab Mukherjee.
 
After presenting a picture of unity till the end of polling in presidential election on Thursday, Mr Pawar, the agriculture minister and Mr Patel, the heavy industries minister, had kept away from the cabinet meeting chaired by prime minister Manmohan Singh and instead, met in the house of Mr Pawar at the same time with some other party leaders.
 
The trigger for NCP’s sulk appears to be denial of the number two slot in the Cabinet to Mr Pawar which has apparently been given to defence minister AK Antony.
 
Mr Pawar, a senior leader, had been chief minister of western India state of Maharashtra thrice, was defence minister in former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao’s Cabinet and was once even considered in the race for prime ministership.
 
NCP is also said to be miffed over Congress’ attitude of not consulting them on issues in UPA.
 
The party is also apparently unhappy that Mr Pawar has not been made a member of the high-powered CCS which includes only Congress representatives and was worried that it may be passed over on the choice of the leader of the house that will arise when Lok Sabha meets for its monsoon session next month.
 
There was no confirmation from either the government or from NCP whether Mr Pawar and Mr Patel offered to resign or actually resigned.
 
There are reports that Mr Pawar and MR Patel would not attend their offices on Friday in further pressure on Congress to take note of their concerns and to concede their demands.
 
Mr Pawar had declined to comment on reports that he and Praful Patel had sent in their resignation to the prime minister to convey their unhappiness over the way the party was being treated by the Congress.
 
When asked about reports that the prime minister had called him in a bid to mollify him, Pawar told PTI “no comments”.
 
Similar was his response to questions on whether the two leaders had sent their resignation letters to the prime minister.
 
NCP spokesman DP Tripathi had strongly denied reports of resignation by Mr Pawar and Mr Patel.
 
The agriculture minister sat in the number two seat in the first Cabinet meeting after Mr Mukherjee’s resignation, but in the next meeting the seat was taken by defence minister and senior Congress leader AK Antony.
 
This was interpreted as Congress’ way of sending a message that Mr Antony was the virtual number two in the government.

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