After the Congress and its allies vehemently supported the candidature of Pranab Mukherjee for the Presidential election- 2012, the Opposition BJP seems to be in doldrums. But the road for Dada for the top most post is still bumpy as the Trinamool Congress (TMC) Supremo Mamata Banerjee is in favour of making APJ Abdul Kalam’s entry for the Raisina Hill and PA Sangma’s adamant attitude for contesting the presidential election. The way the political consensus is being made in favour of Pranab shows that the chances are quite bleak for Kalam to contest the election vis-à-vis for Sangma to make a strong candidature for himself. The way the ruling UPA had decided to make Dada its nominee for the presidential polls at the eleventh hour can also prompt the NDA to take a similar step, but both the ruling and opposition should not aim only at contesting presidential polls. They should make political consensus for their candidates. It is pity that this is not happening at a time when the country desperately needs a political consensus for the Presidential polls.

It is true that the Prime Minister has sought support from various Opposition parties for Pranab as a candidate for the Presidential polls, but at the same time it cannot be ignored that they should have consulted much before. It is unlikely that there will be any kind of dialogue between the ruling and the Opposition over the election of Vice-President. It’s reflecting at a time when the Opposition especially the BJP may support Pranab if the UPA backs their nominee for the Vice-Presidential polls. It seems that neither the ruling nor the Opposition is keen to bring a consensus over the issue of Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates. Nothing could be better if the consensus is arrived at the candidature for the posts of President and Vice-President. If it happens, not only cheap politics can be avoided but the political parties may lay thrust on the burning issues including economic condition of the country.  Everybody believes that the Indian economy is under tremendous pressure but no concrete step is being taken to revive our economic growth. For last few days, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made it clear that our country is adversely affected by the Euro crisis. Although, he has suggested how the world economy will explore its ways to recover from the economic crisis, but failed to mention any measure to deal with financial crisis. Several facts are cropping up one after another which could deepen economy crisis. The ruling and the Opposition parties are expected to work together to resolve the economic crisis. This will only be possible when a political consensus is arrived at the issue.