New Delhi, October 4: As central government decides upon the post retirement home for the incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee, it is steadfast that the president Mukherjee despite his “good rapport” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not serve the second term.
Bungalow number 34 on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam road is chosen as president Mukherjee’s post retirement abode. It is the Type VIII category of government accommodation which is the highest type of residence meant for the highest rank. The chosen house is the same house where former Lok Sabha speaker late Purno Sangma had lived. The Sangma family has already been asked to vacate the house before July 2017.
Although Sangma’s son is an MP from Meghalaya, he is not eligible for the Type VIII property and would be required to vacate the house as per the order. An official from the Ministry of Urban Development has confirmed Indian Express that the Sangma family will move out of the house before July 2017.
The official also said: The house might be revamped in case Mukherjee requires any changes, though we haven’t received any such request so far.
Rumours have always been rife on President Mukerjee’s name for July 2017 presidential candidature was out of question as he has been a lifelong Congressman. Ahead of general elections in 2019 BJP would certainly be looking out for a name that is true to Sangh’s Neeti and under PM Modi’s patronage.
An article published earlier in Financial Express had claimed that Pranab Da has started “sorting out his papers and gifts presented to him during his president-ship.”
Senior BJP leaders like LK Advani tops the A-List for BJP favored presidential candidates. However looking at the current political fervor, the party must be on a look out to rope in a candidate with pro poor, pro dalit or pro minority face value. Advani may not be the good choice in that case. So, Narendra Jadhav, Venkaiah Naidu and Ram Madhav are certainly the better choices. A third party surprise as A P J Abdul Kalam in 2002 cannot be ruled out too.