EC fixes poll date July 19
NEW DELHI: Paving the way for filing of nominations for the presidential elections,the Election Commission on Saturday formally set the process rolling with a gazette notification on the same. An EC release said the last date for filing nominations is June 30 and scrutiny of nominations will take place on July 2. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is July 4 and election,if necessary,will take place on July 19 between 10 am and 5 pm. Counting of votes will be done on July 22. The term of incumbent President Pratibha Patil ends on July 24. The electoral college has 4,896 lawmakers,comprising 776 MPs and 4,120 members of state legislative assemblies.
Somnath backs Pranab
KOLKATA: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Saturday said he would be happy if Pranab Mukherjee is elected President unanimously and that A P J Abdul Kalam should not contest considering his stature as former President. I will be happy if Pranab Mukherjee is elected President unanimously he told a Bengali TV channel from London. To a question about his name being mentioned by Mamata Banerjee and Mulayam Singh Yadav as a presidential candidate,Chatterjee said,In that event,should I be staying in London now?
TDP defers decision on support
HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam Party has said it would take a decision on whom to support in the presidential election after consulting other parties. The regional partys highest decision-making body,Politburo,which met on Saturday under the chairmanship of its chief N Chandrababu Naidu,discussed the presidential election issue. We have decided to take a final call after discussing the issue with other political parties, TDP Parliamentary Party leader Nama Nageswara Rao said after the meeting. Earlier,the PM had called up Naidu seeking support for Pranab Mukherjee.
Kalam should not contest: Omar
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said A P J Abdul Kalam should not contest the presidential poll as election of Pranab Mukherjee was almost certain. Kalam has been a very successful President and has won hearts of the people as the President. It does not befit him to contest the elections when his chances of winning are almost next to zero,Omar told reporters.