Posted On Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 09:06:09 AM
Congress and its allies, under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, have done a graceful job by nominating Pranab Mukhrejee for the highest office, that too without any unnecessary controversy or political manoeuvring, ‘Sonia names Pranab for Prez, Didi mum’, (PM, June 16).
The only criticism that may arise will be sidelining Mukherjee of being a possible prime ministerial candidate in 2014. Mukherjee is a leader who has attained political maturity with his non controversial working style and all round efficiency. In fact the Congress could have reserved him as the future Prime Minister to succeed Dr Manmohan Singh.
The possibility of UPA winning the elections in 2014 is almost certain, particularly due to the lack of cohesion in the NDA camp and the image deterioration of the Left. The rigidity in the BJP’s leadership will also factor in UPA’s success in the next election.
- Major Mathew Oommen
I feel Pranab Mukherjee is the best candidate for Raisina Hill and he deserves it after serving the country for more than five decades. However, even before Congress can heave a sigh of relief it will again have to get its act together to search a new finance minister. So far, it seems, the Congress doesn’t have much to choose from.
- Prantik Banerjee
Pranab failed as FM
Pranab Mukherjee had treated with contempt Standard & Poor’s warning to lower India’s current credit rating from ‘Investment’ grade to speculative grade in April, 2012, and a further downgrade to ‘negative’infuture if the fundamentals of economy were not corrected immediately. Mukherjee followed policies which directly damaged economic growth.
His decisiontoreopentaxcasespendingforover 50 years or defying the apex court order in the Vodafone case were uncalled for. In such a situation, no wonder investors are scared.
It was surprising that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who is a reputed economist respected across the world, remained a silent spectator while his Finance Minister obstinately followed the most retrograde policy regime. The need of the hour is to correct the present policy paralysis of the government.
- C Koshy John
This is with reference to ‘Carpet Bombed’ (PM, June 13). It is indeed an eye-opener for those who are planning to purchase new flats in Pune. I would request PM to follow up the issue to create awareness.
The builders’ lobby takes advantage of people’s ignorance and charges flat buyers exorbitantly. This has made it very hard for a common man to buy a home in the city as they are already burdened due to inflation.
- Miheer Gadkari