PRANAB MUKHER­JEE 81, Pres­i­dent of In­dia


If any­one has the stature to run the for­mi­da­ble of­fice, it’s him. The word is he’s try­ing for a sec­ond term, but the BJP shouldn’t have any cause for con­cern. Canny and a stick­ler for con­sti­tu­tional rec­ti­tude, he went with the flow of the Modi govern­ment, sign­ing more or­di­nances and ex­e­cu­tions than most of his pre­de­ces­sors. The Congress vet­eran has long ex­pressed his ad­mi­ra­tion for the PM: “I’ve been deeply im­pressed by the fo­cused ap­proach, energy and ca­pac­ity for hard work of Prime Min­is­ter Modi.” The PM also returns the compliment, tweet­ing on his birth­day on De­cem­ber 11, 2016, “Pranab da al­ways puts In­dia’s in­ter­est above ev­ery­thing. We are proud to have such a well-read & knowl­edge­able Pres­i­dent.”

S Has been a no-fuss, pli­ant Pres­i­dent un­der Modi

W Swears by Nehru and Indira, has sec­u­lar cre­den­tials

O Good vibes with the PM, has friends across party lines Faces com­pe­ti­tion from BJP

T favourites and vet­er­ans

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