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Nobody can predict a wave till poll results are out: Pranab

Next election would see voters expressing their views on UPA government’s flagship programmes.

Written by D K Singh | Brussels | Published: October 5, 2013 1:16:56 am

With less than a year left for general elections,President Pranab Mukherjee has said nobody can call a leader charismatic or talk about a wave in his favour until election results are declared.

“Whether a leader is charismatic depends on whether he or she is able to get the vote. Charisma is tested by them. I can tell you as a political activist that during elections,we always talk of a wave or wind. But a wave or wind can be found out once it is over. When it’s coming or when it is blowing,nobody can say where the wind is blowing or the wave is moving,” Mukherjee told European TV channel Euronews when asked if he thought it was important to field a charismatic leader to win the forthcoming election.

The President suggested that the next election would see voters expressing their views on UPA government’s flagship programmes such as MGNREGA,RTE and food security law.

“We have given this guarantee in respect of jobs in rural areas. We have guaranteed universal education up to the age of 14 years. We have given this empowerment to Indian people. More than two-thirds or 66 per cent of 1.2 billion population will be provided,backed by legal guarantee,certain quantum of food at subsidised price. This is called food security. Of course,these important flagship economic programmes are being debated and people express their view during the general election,” he said.

Asked what were the key issues that would determine the result of the election,he said,“Various issues are being projected by various parties. I have tremendous faith and confidence in the political wisdom of the Indian electorate. They know which outfit is to be chosen to further their interests,economic development,inclusive growth,maintenance of law and order,protection of internal security,and protection from external threats.”

Pranab justifies Media focus on Delhi gangrape

Brussels: President Pranab Mukherjee has termed last year’s Delhi gangrape as “really disturbing” and justified the Indian media’s saturated coverage of the incident. “Though,for the time being,it is projecting a distorted image of India,we can’t ignore the ground reality,” Mukherjee told Euronews TV channel. “Some of these events are really disturbing as the incident in December last year… This media exposure to a considerable extent is because of the fact that Indian women are normally shy,especially in rural areas,” Mukherjee said.


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