Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar’s remarks favouring an individual with "not too much" of a political mind for the President’s post has stirred the pot with parties, as well as the Congress, chanting the mantra of a consensus candidate within the upcoming Presidential Polls.
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam’s name cropped up within the discussions nowadays with Samajwadi Party saying it absolutely was "not averse" to his candidature whereas others remained ambivalent.
Pawar, leader of the NCP and one amongst the vital constituents of the UPA, clarified this morning that he had solely talked regarding an "agreed" candidate and not a non- political person for the post.
"I haven't said this. I even have spoken regarding agreed candidate," Pawar told reporters when asked to discuss his yesterday’s reported remarks of a "non-political" candidate for the post of the President.
He insisted that neither the UPA nor the NDA has the numbers and, therefore, a method of consultation was necessary.
"I am certain leadership involved can begin the method. we want to consider agreed candidature at this moment," he said.
Pawar’s remarks triggered instant reaction with 2 senior Ministers Kapil Sibal and Ghulam Nabi Azad saying that they were operating towards a consensus.
Azad, a member of the GoM on Media, told reporters that the workplace of President is huge and no political party contains a majority to induce its candidate elected. "If the President is elected, it'll be through consensus. in a very democracy, each cluster contains a right to precise its opinion regarding a private or a frontrunner," he said.
Asked regarding Pawar’s remarks, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, additionally a member of the GoM, said "We are operating towards a consensus."
On questions on second term for Kalam, Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury refused to travel into issue, just saying Kalam could be a revered temperament.
"We respect him...It was nice to possess had Kalam (as President). I don’t have the authority to mention something quite this," she said.
Former MP and SP leader Shahid Siddiqui said if there's a consensus his party wasn't averse to Kalam’s name. He recalled that it absolutely was his party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav who proposed Kalam’s name for Presidency in 2002.
He said his party was additionally talking to different parties and considering another names.
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said there has been no discussion either in his party or at intervals the NDA regarding the Presidential elections. The UPA has additionally not initiated any moves, he said.
DMK spokesperson T K S Elangovan said the President’s post wants some political information and legal experience. "That doesn't mean that he ought to be too political," he said.
CPI(M) MP Sitaram Yechury said there are non- political persons who have occupied the workplace yet as political personalities.
He said anybody who becomes President ought to have political information.