Indian politics, if it weren’t so real, could have easily been a page ripped off Ripley‘s Believe It or Not. Just when you thought that the race for the next President was getting predictable, Sonia Gandhi has hurled a cute chinaman. In her discussions with DMK chief M. Karunanidhi, the UPA chief reportedly threw up the names of Pranab Mukherjee, Sushilkumar Shinde, Shivaraj Patil, and hold your breath, HRD minister Arjun Singh.
Admittedly, the Congress doesn’t want to waste Mukherjee in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, although he has support of the Left parties. And there is a Dalit angle to Shinde that appeals to Karunanidhi and Mayawati. But Arjun Singh? The man who has done a V.P. Singh and split the country diametrically? Should Arjun Singh, who has done more than most to upset the Manmohan Singh applecart, be rewarded with the keys to the Rashtrapati Bhavan?