By NVONews.Com Correspondent,
The Presidential and Vice President candidates of UPA and NDA, Pranab Mukherjee and Jaswant Singh, respectively have something in common, though there are a lot of dissimilarities too.
If Pranabda served as India’s external affaris, finance and defence minister in the UPA government––besides holding other portfolios in the past––Jaswant Singh served in these three ministries in the same capacity during the NDA rule.
Though Jaswant Singh is from Rajasthan he got elected from Darjeeeling in West Bengal in 2009 Lok Sabha. Needless to say Pranabda too represented the state in both the Houses of Parliament for quite long.
Both are quite old and seasoned politicians. Jaswant is an ex-army officer who took part in military operations before fighting many a political battle. He is not like many hardliner Hindutva Brigade people indulging in riots or razing to the ground places of worship.
In fact he was thrown out of the party in 2009 for writing a book on Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He made an honest depiction of the founder of Pakistan in his book and even blamed Indian leaders for the partition of the country. It was his view which prompted party leadership to expel him from the BJP.
However, old friend, Lal Krishna Advani, ushered him back into the party last year. Only a few years before Advani himself had to bear the anger of RSS and other hardliners within the BJP when, while visiting Pakistan, Advani called Jinnah a secular person.
Jaswant is in the BJP less out of love for its Hindutva ideology but more for his anti-Congressism. He has written many books and had been a regular newspaper columnist. His antipathy for Gandhi-Nehru family is a known fact.
In total contrast is the personality of Pranabda. He has been a Nehru-Gandhi loyalist since early age and never left the Congress party––but only once. In fact Rajiv Gandhi, after becoming the Prime Minister in 1984 grew suspicious of him and did not make him minister in the Union cabinet. It was only then that he quit the party and made a regional party only to rejoin the Congress much later and joined the Narasimha Rao government. So if Jaswant made his homecoming into the BJP, Pranab made it to the Congress.
If Pranab and Jaswant have some thing in common and some dissimilarities, the Vice Presidential candidate of the Congress Party and Presidential candidate of the Opposition too have something similar. If Hamid Ansari comes from a minority community, Muslim, P A Sangma too is a Christian. He is a tribal and comes from north-eastern state of Meghalaya.
Hamid Ansari too was born in Kolkata though his family is originally from eastern Uttar Pradesh district of Ghazipur.
So there is too much of eastern connection in the coming election for the top posts in the country.