Differences within the UPA, NDA and Left parties over the presidential polls indicate that political parties are eyeing the 2014 general elections. Though it is difficult to presume whether the present political equations over the presidential polls will prevail till the coming general elections, the coalition scenario is certainly going to witness a change. The Left in all probability will remain in the coalition but chances of the Trinamool Congress backing out of the UPA are very high especially at a time when the CPI(M) is cozying up with the Congress by supporting Pranab Mukherjee’s candidature. Though differences in the Left parties over the Presidential candidature were surprising, the rift between the BJP and JD(U)was anticipated. The criticism of Nitish Kumar for projection of Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate gave clear indications of a possible JD(U)-BJP split. JD(U)’s support to Pranab Mukherjee has further paved the way for a fissure.

While extending support to Pranab Mukherjee JD(U) chief Sharad Yadv might have maintained a distance with the Congress, but the fact is that it is supporting a party that it once opposed. How can a political party that is supporting Pranab Mukherjee’s candidature claim to be against the Congress? The people would like to know the reasons why the JD(U) failed to back its coalition partner and instead extended support to its opposition Congress? The BJP having failed to project its Presidential candidate despite being the main opposition party also sparks off lots of queries. Though there could be some solid reasons for the BJP to back P A Sangma, a message has gone across the board that the decision taken by the party was made out of compulsion. Looking at the present scenario it is very unlikely that Sangma will emerge victorious. The BJP now for the sake of opposing Pranab Mukherjee is supporting Sangma. The BJP itself is to be blamed for the present scenario. After the presidential elections the BJP has to seriously think over its future strategies.