Presidential Elections 2012: Likely Candidates

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Who would you want as the President of India?

Poll closed Jul 1, 2012.
  1. Sam Pitroda

    8.3%
  2. Hamid Ansari

    4.2%
  3. Meira Kumar

    2.1%
  4. Pranab Mukherjee

    12.5%
  5. Karan Singh

    6.3%
  6. Farooq Abdullah

    12.5%
  7. Ratan Tata

    22.9%
  8. APJ Abdul Kalam

    68.8%
  9. Sachin Tendulkar

    2.1%
  10. Manmohan Singh

    8.3%
  11. Anna Hazare

    6.3%
  12. Baba Ramdev

    4.2%
  13. AR Rehman

    2.1%
  14. A very handsome guy!

    6.3%
  15. P. A. Sangma

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    AHMEDABAD: Gujarati techie Sam Pitroda has emerged as a dark horse in the race to become India's next President.

    The nation has to elect its 16th president in July 2012 and Pitroda's is the latest name to emerge from a plethora of other stronger contenders.

    A native of Tikar village in Halvad taluka of Surendranagar district and a physics graduate of M S University, Satyanarayan Gangaram Panchal, alias Sam Pitroda, would be the first Gujarati to adorn the country's highest post, if he makes it.

    After the debacle in the recent assembly polls, the Congress has got weakened and allies are in a mood to bargain hard in return for support on this vital issue. The Congress leadership thus would feel safer with a candidate with maximum acceptance. While it is felt that candidates from minority, Dalit and OBC sections would serve a political purpose, there is also a desire to find someone who is above politics, a statesman and a global ambassador for the nation.

    The front-runners include vice-president Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and statesman Dr Karan Singh. Ansari is considered to be the obvious choice for this position.

    Since the last couple of weeks, the name of Pitroda is being discussed in political circles. His emergence was noticed when he accompanied Rahul Gandhi for the release of the Congress manifesto in Uttar Pradesh.

    He returned to India from the US on an invitation by Rajiv Gandhi and it was with the former PM's full support that he brought in telecom and computer revolution to ready the country for the 21st century. At present, he is the advisor to PM on information infrastructure and innovation. During UPA-1, he was chairman of the Knowledge Commission.

    Interestingly, he is also an advisor to Mamata Banerjee for the 'Resurgent Bengal' campaign and has very good relationship with Sharad Pawar and Naveen Patnaik.

    Pitroda was born in Orissa and speaks Oriya fluently. An OBC, he is the son of a carpenter who had migrated to Orissa in search of work.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/PDATOI/articleshow/12525033.cms
     
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  3. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    Dr APJ Kalam again please for President.
     
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  4. KS

    KS Bye bye DFI Veteran Member

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    The scion of the former royal family of Kashmir as President would send a very significant message.
     
  5. Yusuf

    Yusuf GUARDIAN Administrator

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    Karan Singh?
     
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    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

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    Pasting a comment for the same article that I liked -

     
  7. johnnyboy

    johnnyboy Regular Member

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    He obviously was the people's president, and most of us would love to have him back... But every single political party snubbed him back in 2007, and I am not seeing any of them favoring him this time either... He was just too good a President to be back.
     
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    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    He should be Prime Ministerial candidate.
     
  9. nrj

    nrj Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

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    Sam Pitroda is a very resourceful guy. Making him President will undermine his potential. Presidential candidates are usually chosen on the basis of their uselessness & political loyalty.
     
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    amitkriit Senior Member Senior Member

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    He is a Con-Gress guy.
     
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    nrj Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

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    Point being?
     
  12. maomao

    maomao Veteran Hunter of Maleecha Senior Member

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    Why Not Montek Singh Ahluwalia......better than Sam Pitroda!! They sail in the same ship; however, Montek is less political and the Rs 28 legacy belongs to everyone in the GOI, not just Montek !! :)
     
  13. Yusuf

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    Karan Singhs name has been doing the rounds forever.

    I would also suggest make Farooq Abdullah the Prez.
     
  14. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    Make general vk singh president.
     
  15. nrj

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    I think thread title should be changed to "Name your Presidential Candidate!" :herp:
     
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    A R Rahman for President :)
     
  17. The Messiah

    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    Whoever is president make sure he can walk fine and doesn't look like he's about to die.

    Someone fit to walk with warm blood flowing through his veins is all i ask :)
     
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    I totally agree :)

    Adding to your point, he should talk fluent English :D
     
  19. Singh

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    Someone from North East should be made the President.
     
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    he is another nehru:taunt1::taunt1:
     
  21. johnnyboy

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    Sometime last year Narayan Murthy in an interview had said he is game for presidential race.
     

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