Who will be India’s PM?

May 10, 2009

As election fever reaches its peak amid the counting of votes on Saturday, all eyes are now on which party will cobble up a majority and stake claim to form the new government. And who will be India’s new prime minister? Will it be –

MANMOHAN SINGH

INDIA/

The father of India’s economic reforms, Singh’s image of a compromise prime minister opened him up to criticism that he took orders from Congress party boss Sonia Gandhi and he has been criticised as a weak and directionless leader.

He regained stature by pushing through a civil nuclear deal with the United States, despite opposition from his left allies.

Singh, 76, takes a keen interest in economic issues — a rarity in India where prime ministers focus mostly on foreign affairs and domestic politics.

LAL KRISHNA ADVANI

Lal Krishna Advani

Variously described as a hardliner, a hawk and a wily politician, Advani is a leading advocate of his Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) trademark Hindu revivalism.

Born in Pakistan when it was a part of undivided India — he is hawkish about ties with Islamabad — the 81-year-old is more of a career politician than technocrat.

When Advani’s own coalition government was in power in 1999-2004, it pushed pro-market reforms including privatisation of state-run companies.

MAYAWATI

Mayawati

A caste-based politician known as the “Queen of the Dalits”, Mayawati, who uses only one name, has emerged as a strong political force.

Based in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati, 53, has prime ministerial ambitions and she has played an important role in gathering opposition to the government.

If Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party does well, it could cast doubt on what economic direction a future government with her would take and further entrench caste politics nationally.

Will one of the three head the new government in the coming weeks? Or is there a dark horse waiting in the wings. Tell us who you are rooting for and why.

Comments

Shri Lal Krishna Advani ji is the man without a slightest doubt. He is well positioned to become the Prime Minister of India, his rivals has considerable gaps if we were to compare his political achievements and track recored over a long number of yeras, I guess more than 40 years. He has got superb vision to lead the people of India in a unique fashion, he is a good, decent and honourable man. The people of India is very fortunate to have Advani ji soon as their Prime Minister.S.KumarUnited Kingdom

 

This might be the most uncertain election India might face because of so many small partes and they are the one will might decide the next PM. I hope some day people will reliase that the so many small party formula is not working for the coutry it just creating more curruption. Jai Hind.

 

Yes,undoubtedly all the three have the eligibility but only Dr.Manmohan Singh has capability.India has seen enormous economic growth in the last 5 yrs.I will definitely doubt if you can see stock market rallying to 21000 points if NDA/BJP is in power. I think,with an unbiased view,India has achieved a lot more in Congress party’s rule rather than NDA. Dr.Manmohan Singh is mostly responsible for this financial success.In this global world India needs economy oriented not caste based or religion based politicians. His thoughts are most valuable and he should be/will be next PM.

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I strongly believe Dr Manmohan Singh is the best candidate for the PM post and he is a true visionery for prosperity and well being of India.He has set stage for India to be the next super power.I am proud to be an INDIAN AND AN AMERICAN and hope these two countries can defeat the evil design of our enemies ,visible and invisible.I wish Dr. Singh best wishes and happy winning.

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none other than the great iron man of india L.K.Advani Ji. only he can safegaurd india’s culture and the strength of the hindus only in B.J.P. regime we hidus can live proudly why not if pakistan is muslim country all gulf countries follow and adopt thier religion why should india where majority of hindus live cannot do it i am proud that i born as hindu the leader of all religion, either follow us or keep quite don’t oppose us before justifying it please go to any muslim country and see the way they treat other religion.we are not against muslims let them live peacfully by accepting our constitution law

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Not withstanding loud claims the Pro Hindu views of BJP/NDA and the Pro Secular(!) views of Congress/UPA, both are pro market/market driven, pro economic reforms…almost similar in views….In this Economy driven world, narrow views of Caste Politics of the BSP would hurt the poor rather than help.A Team of UPA+NDA would be the Ideal (not Utopian)form of Government. Economics should be the Driving Force. Imagine, the best of leaders and thinkers working together!

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LAL KRISHNA ADVANIJI is the ideal one to be the Prime Minister this time around. And so, here’s wishing you Advaniji every success in forming the next government at the centre and be the Prime Minister.

 

L.K Advani??A Sindhi from Pakistan?? NO WAY.How can people forget his generosity while praising the culprit responsible for divide of India by tagging him as “SECULAR” and what all…???How can we forget Jaswant Singh, a member of BJP government, taking that millitant to Kandhaar with hands in hands and releasing releasing him??They created enought of havoc with Boforce but, during their reign, what outcome about the issue they presented before the Indian masses?NOW WAY.

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Wow. Most bloggers and viewers have turned so elitist that you don’t even realize that plight of the common man in India. The first two men and their parties are no different from Mayawati. Just that they play the game differently. The common man has benefited little by the economic gains compared to the elitist in these blogs. I fully support Mayawati and her socialistic aims since that is what Obama is doing right now.It it time to break the mould. We don’t need the charismatic Gandhis or the fervent BJP to protect the poor. We need a Mayawati as a voice of the downtrodden. Face it – We live in a Caste based nation and we covered the caste voice with an alternate reality

Posted by N Kanvan | Report as abusive
 

LK Advani, is a divisive geriatric politician. He and his party must never come to power. We need leadership, vision, and a world viewing politician as PM with honest and credible advisors and a cabinet. No more babus playing corrupt politics. There are so many crooks in politics that the saying ‘politics is the last resort of the scoundrel& matinee idols’ is epitomized in India.

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Its interesting that people always describe the Congress as a Secular party. As the Congress Home Minister found with a shoe in his face, no one is that stupid to believe this nonsense. The Congress party of India under the instructions of Rajiv “when a great tree falls, the ground will shake” Gandhi was responsible for organising, arming and undertaking the greatest hollocaust of a minority since partition- 5,000 dead under the watchful eyes and collaboration of the Police and Congress Central and local Government during the anti-Sikh riots of 1984. No ground shook when Rajiv Gandhi fell, what does that say about him? Congress – secular, what a joke

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CONGRESS AND BJP HAVE BEEN RULING THE COUNTRY FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS AFTER THE INDEPENDENCE. WHAT HAS BEEN SPENT ON THE POOREST OF THE POOR SCS and STS WHO CONSTITUTE ABOUT 25 % OF THE TOTAL POPULATION OF INDIA. WHAT HAS BEEN THE PERCENTAGE OF THE EXPENDITURE ON SCS AND STS OUT OF TOTAL EXPENDITURE IN INDIA OVER ALL LAST 5-YEAR PLANS AFTER INDEPENDENCE? VERY MEAGER. IT IS A KNOWN FACT THAT LESS IS THE EXPENDITURE ON THE PEOPLE, LESS WILL BE THE PROGRESS.THE STUDIES SHOW THAT 90 % OF TOTAL BENEFITS OF PLANNING, HAVE BEEN REAPED BY THE 10-15 % UPPER SECTIONS OF THE INDIAN SOCIETY AFTER THE INDEPENDENCE. HOW IT HAS HAPPENED? IT HAS HAPPENED BECAUSE BOTH OF THESE PARTIES HAVE BEEN DOMINATED BY THE UPPER SECTIONS OF THE SOCIETY. THEY MADE THE PLANS FOR THEIR OWN PROGRESS AND INTEREST, AND NOT FOR THE NATION. THE POOR PEOPLE HAVE NEVER BEEN ON THEIR AGENDA.WHO WILL MAKE THE PLANS FOR THESE POOR PEOPLE? A PERSON WHO IS SHOT BY A BULLET KNOWS BETTER THE PAINS THAN THE SPECTATORS. THE POLITICAL PARTY LIKE BSP WHICH HAS BEEN FORMED BY THE ABORIGINAL SCS, STS,AND OTHER POOR PEOPLE, KNOWS THEIR PAINS, PROBLEMS AND WILL PLAN TO PROTECT THEIR INTERESTS; AND NOT THE PARTIES LIKE CONGRESS AND THE BJP.IN MY OPINION MAYAWATI WILL BE THE BEST PERSON TO LEAD THE NATION AS THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE WELFARE OF THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE AND THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE.

Posted by ARUN KUMAR GAUTAM | Report as abusive
 

In all the Way Sree Advaniji is the most suitable man who can lead us

 

Without doubt L K ADvani is the most eligible and needed PM for India now. India cannot afford a puppet PM who cannot elected directly by people any more. It must be mandatory that PM shall be elected directly by people and not by representatives.If people want another disaster like that they had with V P Singh, they can elect Mayawati as PM.

Posted by Ravi | Report as abusive
 

Counting will be held across the country this Saturday and not Sunday as your report says.

Posted by deepak | Report as abusive
 

SHRI LAL KRISHNA ADVANIJI is the ideal one to be the Prime Minister this time around. And so, here’s wishing you Advaniji every success in forming the next government at the centre and be the Prime Minister. AND HELP TO TAMILAN IN SRILANKA FOR SEPARATE COUNTRY . TAMIL EELAM. REMOVE THE BAND AND SUPPORT TO LTTE.

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L.K. Advani is only man to run the country if get clear majorty other wise all are same ( worked under small parties pressure) .

Posted by Dinesh sharma | Report as abusive
 

Dr. Manmohan Singh should be the next PM of India if Indians want an able administrator as their PM, a renowned economist as their PM, above all a decent gentleman upholding the secular values of this nation.

Posted by Mathew Puthussery, Kerala | Report as abusive
 

L K Advani,the iron-man is the most suitable candidate for PM . In todays situation we need a PM of determination who can take the decision himself , we do not need any puppet PM like Manmohan Singh who is manipulated by foreign woman Sonia Maino . So LK Advani is the best .

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Undoubtedly among the national leaders in present scenario L K Adavani is the most competent person to hold that post. How people can think Congress as a secular party?? For the last 60 years Congress has been cheating people in the name of religion. If someone says about Hindu, he/she is a communal person, but if someone says about Muslim; why that is not a communal? That is happening in India. Shiv Sena is a communal party, since it talks about Hindu, then how the separatist leaders of J&K and those political parties based on Muslim community are not communal? Bahujan Samaj Party will the divide the Indians in the name of caste. Now it’s the time for all Indian to wake up.

Posted by ano | Report as abusive
 

One and only one, Lal Krishna Advani.

Posted by harish | Report as abusive
 

if u wana see india dream 2020 comes true then Advani …. if u wana see india becomes afghanistan in 2020 then Manmohan or mayavati is better

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Shri Lal Krishna Advani ji will surely become the next Prime Minister of India. The people of India desperately needs CHANGE. A charming leader such as Advani ji is the man who richly deserves this job. He will most certainly do a wonderful job for India.Let’s all wish him the very best to comfortably score 272 for a majestic win on 16th May.Skanda KumarUnited Kingdom

 

sri l.k. advani is the only choice for the pm post. after independence if sri sardhar patel hold the post of pm instead of nehru this time we definitely be one of the strongest nation in the world. many development could have been implemented. the poverty and the caste violonce, hindu muslim war could be eradicated. we need now a strong and able administrater like sardhar patel. here is the man ie lalkishan advani

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I’m tellin you all…india is going to deep down…On tha bove no one is capable(both physically & mentally) to lead india. I’m expecting some new revolution should happen to compete the world economic… Let wait & see in May16th….thanksIndianwellwisher

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I dont consider any of the above three as a suitable one for PM. Had Vajpayee had been there, I can consider at least.But I am totally disappaonted with Manmohan. For every terrorist attack, he just visited the wounded in the hospitals, blamed the “face less cowards(who committed terrorism )”,appreciated the brave Indians who returns to normal work immediately, go back to Delhi- wait & relax to repaeat all the same inthe next terror attack.More over he tries to find some reason to prolong or waive the death sentence given by the Supreme court for the terror accused.He is not only a saviour of Terror accused but also the saviour of corrupt brokers!When news about trillons of Secret money stored in Swiss bank by indians , he did not pay enough attention, or avoided thatissue,just again a saviour for many!The Indian economy has to grow, that is the compulsion of the world order today. Indian Economy is improved by its professionals and enterprenrs and ambitious industrilaists- so I wont give any credit for any Individual. Its software, automobile , service industries are required by the world!Above all he did nothing to protect the innocent tamil civilians in lanka, BOMBED, KILLED, MUTILATED, RAPED, HUMILATED by the lankan armed forces. He said that the lankan miltary does not use heavy weapons! Is a light weapom wont kill innocent civilains? Cant a bullet from Rifle or pistol kill innocent civilians?As for as adhvani is concerned, Its painful to note that he thwarted the chance to make a powerful alternative for the corrupt, dynastical, dictatorial congress party, by developing an equally corrupt, arraogant party.He sold the name of “Ram” for his political gains. The Indian Emperor Ram, who sacrificed his throne and further sacrificed to go to the forest to upheld his good principles, for the welfare of the people.Ramas fundamental principle itself is to sacrifice him self for the benefit of others, and ready to bear pains himself for the joy of others. Did he ask any one to build a temple for him by force, considering he himself forefeited the throne of Ayothyaa?When they were in power they forget Ram and gave consent to break the worlds oldest man made bridge across the sea?I rate Mayawathi better than the other two!

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Well I wish there was some young candidate to vote for, with enthusiasm and zeal to reform indian politics…but given the current choices i would say L.K.Advani is the most suitable to become the PM. He atleast has some strong stand on isuues facing India, unlike manmohan singh who appears to dodge every controversial isuue. I hope mr. advani would take some steps to convey a message to terrorists that they can’t attack the parliament and laugh…they can’t kill hundreds of innocents and all they get as punishment is some harsh words said by PM…Best of luck India…I have given up on Indian politicians… i don’t care who comes in power, Can I do something about indian politics rather then just critisizing? No!!! i don’t have resources nor courage to fight against the currupt politics..

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I am just shocked to see so many people cheering for Advani-the career politician and hindu hardliner. Have we not learned anything in the last decade or two? Humanity comes above anything else-religion included. I want someone as a Prime Minister that is has charisma and is a visionary. India would not be where it is today had it not been for the policies of Manmohan Singh. So as a leader, I would want him as my first preference. The second person I would consider would by Pranab Mukherjee. And if the BJP decides to form a government, I would like to see Jaswant Singh as the PM candidate as he has the vision and gravitas to effectively lead the country. His abilities have been supressed by the RSS as they believe in a hierarchy where Advani is the king. Mayawati will be akin to Prachanda in Nepal and the government will collapse like Charan Singh’s

Posted by ObjectivelySpeakin | Report as abusive
 

Sri L. K. Advani will be become India’s PM.

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Realy I want to see Adwani as a next Prime Minister of India.As a Person Monmohan Singh is a very good persone but as a Prime Minister public can not bear him again.Today India want a leader who can take a hard decision who have confident to do something.Monmohan Sing passed his 5 year term to only visit wounded hospital and condolence of terrorist attack.He can not take any tough action.He has no will power take decision without premission of 10-Janpath.

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I think we deserve Lalu. He brought railway in profit….We are not bothered for 40 million bangladesis living in india, we dont bother for corruption at every level of governance, we don’t bother extrimist attacks, we don’t bother about criminals as politicians….List goes on..and on. So we deserve someone like lalu OR anybody who has relationship with Daud Ebrahim to rule our country. We deserve it. Something is wrong with us. Even in Mumbaikar’s voted 45% in well to do areas. We were having a great prime minister like manmohan but his team was real bas…ds, he was also dancing with a soniya, he can’t take any decision on its own.

Posted by raj | Report as abusive
 

Dr. Manmohan Singh should be the next PM of India

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Advani………..if it happens it would be bad for India.I see a scenerio, Manmohan for first 12/18 months and then Rahul Gandhi taking over.Hindu’s have every right to try and protect their faith and rights but please not taking the rights of other faith and people.India is for all the people of India and thinking or practicing otherwise can only harm India.

Posted by syed | Report as abusive
 

i would like to got with nda choice because congress giving pension to terorist family. Manmohan is the robort which operate sonia gandhi.. so my choice is nda Lak Krishan Advani

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Shri Lal Krishna Advani ji will be the Prime Minister of India, he is the man without a slightest doubt for the job. Not to mention India will benefit enormously with his strong leadership qualities. He is a fine man for the entire people of India.Wishing you the very best Advani ji. In few hours you will make history.Skanda KumarUnited Kingdom

 

In this time the situation is more typical. Because the polling of vote’s is very low.But if the congress govt. is coming in India then india is so poor country in all word and the most “THE INDIA BECOME PAKISTAN” .In seen of present situation the present age of mom duns in our country is more then Hindu’s in next 10 year’s and then they are ………………….So we decide the future of INDIA

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