What was striking was that there was a sense of elation across the political spectrum that a man of such achievement had risen to such a post. Of course, there will be much debate on what kind of president he will be, will he be an activist like Zail Singh, will he be hands-off like Shankar Dayal Sharma, will he be a people’s president like APJ Abdul Kalam and so on. But that is par for the course. But what does seem a shame that though Mr Mukherjee won fair and square, his rival PA Sangma appears to be preparing to file charges against him on the grounds that he holds an office of profit, something which has been vehemently denied. It seems inconceivable that a person of Mr Mukherjee’s political acumen would do such a thing after he entered the race for president. Mr Sangma, it would appear, is a sore loser. To add to this, the Anna gang has also jumped into the fray questioning Mr Mukherjee’s credentials. It would appear that they are making these noises to ride on the coat tails of the publicity that surrounds Mr Mukherjee assuming office. Whatever the Anna crew may say, Mr Mukherjee has won the post by getting the requisite number of votes, not through street corner politics.
The office of the president is above politics. It is a shame that the atmosphere is sought to be vitiated by these kinds of allegations even before Mr Mukherjee has got off the starting blocks. However surrounded by family and well-wishers, it is unlikely that Mr Mukherjee will lose any sleep over all this today. He will probably be reminiscing about the horse which turned into the carriage.