The BJP is in a bind over nominating the Presidential candidate as former President A P J Abdul Kalam has pulled out of the race to Raisina Hill, watering down the hope of the party and the TMC which had planned to put him into the fray. Earlier, the BJP could not field any strongest contender for the presidential election, but when the Congress and its allies announced Pranab Mukherjee as their candidate, the saffron party found itself in Catch-22 situation. After Kalam cleared that he would not be nominee for the Presidential post, the BJP has plunged into deep trouble. Now it turns to Sangma, but it is said that if he sticks to fighting election, his party (NCP) could take action against him, while only Jayalalitha and Navin Patnaik are endorsing the candidature of Sangma. In the meantime, Shiv Sena has taken decision to pitch for Pranab without consulting the BJP, which has mounted problems for the party. Notably, some of the BJP leaders covertly support the candidature of Pranab for the Presidential post. In totality, it appears that the BJP is in completely mess.       

If the BJP nominates its own presidential candidate or even extends support to some another candidate it will only be for the sake of opposing its rival party. It will gain nothing out of it except that the results will be similar to the previous presidential election. It is disappointing that the BJP cannot emerge as a strong opposition in the presidential polls. Ironically the NDA not only failed to build consensus with its allies, the BJP itself could not form a common opinion on the presidential candidate. Such instances do not bode well for the BJP as it projects the party as a weak force which is unprepared for the upcoming general elections. It would be better that the BJP rather than wasting its energy on the presidential polls focuses on resurrecting itself as a force to reckon with. Pranab Mukherjee is almost sure of becoming the President despite Trinamool Congress’ opposition. The biggest reason for this is Pranab Mukherjee’s stature. The four decade of his political career has made his path to the Raisina Hill smoother. Not only political parties but a large part of the population believes that Pranab Mukherjee is the right man for the post.