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the presidential elections: left has an upper hand

The presidential choice shows how powerful the left is.In fact if that was the case they could have had Somnatha Chatterjee as the best candidate rather than aunknown figure
Somnatha lost the chance due to various reasons he was really apolitical hevay weight who brought in alot of respect for the office of the speaker as well as to the Indaian Parliament
It would have been more politically correct to present Somnath as the candidate
Of course there will be lot of explanations about women empowerment and all trash
By nominating Pratibha patel itis not going to make any difference to the woman esply she is not that kind of aleader who has that kind of charisma.

president left has an upper hand The presidential choice shows how powerful the left is.In fact if that was the case they could have had Somnatha Chatterjee as the best candidate rather than aunknown figure Somnatha lost the chance due to various reasons he was really apolitical hevay weight who brought in alot of respect for the office of the speaker as well as to the Indaian Parliament It would have been more politically correct to present Somnath as the candidate Of course there will be lot of explanations about women empowerment and all trash By nominating Pratibha patel itis not going to make any difference to the woman esply she is not that kind of aleader who has that kind of charisma.
New Delhi, June 15: Pratibha Patil, who could become the country's first woman President, is the latest in a string of leaders who have come out of nowhere to play a dominating role in politics.
Patil surprised many by being chosen the UPA-Left's consensus candidate for the Presidential election but this is not the first instance where a leader who was not even in contention has emerged to play a key role.

President A P J Abdul Kalam too was a dark horse five years ago when the ‘Missile Man's’ name was suggested for the high office at the last minute by the likes of TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

This time, Union Ministers Shivraj Patil, Pranab Mukherjee and Sushil Kumar Shinde and senior Congress leader Karan Singh fell by the wayside with the Rajasthan Governor taking centrestage as the UPA's nominee at the last minute.

Prez polls: Sonia announces Pratibha Patil's name

Main candidate

Patil has been elected to the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly five times and has been a member of both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

A lawyer by profession, she also runs training institutes for the poor and the disabled. She has a sporty edge and was a Table Tennis champion in her college days.

Earlier in the day, the Congress got a boost with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi stating that his party will back the Congress candidate for the post of President.

He also met senior Left party leaders including the CPM's Prakash Karat and the CPI's AB Bardhan and D Raja
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Can Patil win?

But can Patil win if there is a contest with Bhairon SIngh Shekhawat and a Third Front candidate?

The Electoral College has nearly eleven lakh votes. The tally of votes of UPA, Left parties and BSP comes to 570,000. This means if there is no cross voting they have a clear majority.

The BJP-led NDA's votes come to 3,54,689. And the votes of Third Front - consisting of AIADMK, SP, TDP, Lok Dal, and the AGP - comes to 1,06,281.

Numerically, Patil would be through but there is also a possibility of Shekhawat manages cross voting.

Things could be complicated further if the Third Front puts up a candidate. In that case the preferential voting system comes into effect.

In other words an MP or an MLA, who forms the Electoral College to elect a President, will have to vote for the candidates in order of his/her preference.

The candidates who get the least number of votes get eliminated. But those who voted for the eliminated candidate would have also voted for someone else as their second preference.

If Shekhawat gets the maximum number of second preference votes along with the votes of the NDA there is a possibility that Shekhawat may pip Pratibha Patil at the post.