The BJP has shown lack of chivalry in trying to malign Pratibha Patil. She resigned from the post of governor when she was chosen as a presidential candidate. Her rival whom the BJP supports has not stepped down from his post as vice-president.
Paramjit S Kochar
This attack on the first-ever women presidential candidate must end. No one in Indian politics is incorruptible. Everyone has skeletons in their cupboards.
In the 60th year of our Independence, what should have been a remarkable and proud event of the prospect of Pratibha Patil, a woman, assuming the high office of President has been enmeshed in controversies involving her and her close family members in one scandal after another. This exposes a cynical disregard for political morality. If, in spite of these revelations, the Congress persists in not withdrawing Patil’s candidature or she does not gracefully exit, they are shortchanging the people.
HR Bapu Satyanarayana
It is a shame that the Shiv Sena has supported Pratibha Patil as presidential candidate just because she is a Marathi. On the one hand, the party wants a national presence and, on other hand, retains its regional and casteist identity.
It is now an established fact that Patil is tainted and does not deserve to be the president of India. It is unfortunate that the Congress and PM are still supporting her candidature. Let there be consensus for Bhairon Singh Shekhawat on the basis of his performance as Vice-President and also as Chief Minister of Rajasthan. If there is no stigma against him, he deserves to be elevated to the position of the President.