The BJP has lined up its Union ministers and senior leaders of its allies as proposers and seconders for filing the nomination papers of the presidential candidate whose name will be announced soon.
President Barack Obama holds a narrow lead of 2 percentage points over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Reuters/Ipsos poll results released on Saturday, leaving the race effectively tied as fewer voters say they are likely to change their minds.
Former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma on Tuesday challenged Pranab Mukherjee's election as the President of India by filing a petition in the Supreme Court.
Pranab Mukherjee, in his first interview after winning the President poll, said he will study Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's clemency plea, but won't comment on it before that.
Presidential candidate PA Sangma will take a decision on moving court after getting a certified official copy from the returning officer on the rejection of his objections against Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) nominee Pranab Mukherjee, who has been accused of holding an office of profit.
UPA's Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee on Friday rejected his competitor PA Sangma's debate for a debate. Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Pranab said, "I love Sangma, but where is the question of a debate?"
The Congress on Monday bid a warm farewell to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, poised to become the country's President, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that the veteran leader will be missed.
Former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma is confident of winning the Presidential election despite UPA's Presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee emerging stronger with more support.
The race to Rashtrapati Bhawan may be over but the hunt has now begun to find a replacement for Pranab Mukherjee in the Finance Ministry. But what is corporate India's expectation from the new minister in this crucial portfolio?
Following her meeting with her close aides, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee sticks to APJ Abdul Kalam, saying she does not change her stand.
The NCP tried to persuade its leader PA Sangma to withdraw from the Presidential race, according to sources. Sangma, however, made it clear that he won't withdraw from the race. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Sangma said, "I will not withdraw from the Presidential race. I will contest in the elections even if Kalam is in the fray."
The race to the President office on Thursday witnessed lots of politics and speculation, but no decisions appeared in sight. A day after the royal snub by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee along with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Congress worked on all fronts to isolate the West Bengal Chief Minister.
It is a crucial day ahead for the Presidential race. The UPA will meet on Friday and the Congress is likely to come out with its Presidential nominee. Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will skip the meet as she feels there is no point in attending the meet because the candidate has already been decided.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has invited former President APJ Abdul Kalam for lunch on Friday. Nitish Kumar had also gone to receive APJ Abdul Kalam at the Patna airport on Thursday.
Even as sources indicated differences between Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party Mulayam Singh Yadav, it appears that former President APJ Abdul Kalam remains the top choice for the Presidential candidate.
In a continuing war of words, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday dared UPA chief Sonia Gandhi to drop her party from the alliance. Refuting Congress' allegations of a breach of decorum, Mamata claimed that she is still part of the UPA but the Congress can ask her to leave if the party wants to.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee sticks to her choice, saying former APJ Abdul Kalam is the number one choice.
The Congress on Thursday took on the Trinamool Congress-Samajwadi Party combine and rejected their choices for the President's post. In the first official reaction after the Mamata-Mulayam snub to the Congress's choice, party spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi said, "Manmohan Singh will remain the Prime Minister till 2014."
Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is still playing hard ball with Congress before committing its support on the President's candidature, on Wednesday got an invite from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too, which means she will meet him right after or before meeting UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is the first choice for the post of President for the Samajwadi Party, sources have indicated. They said that there have been informal talks between the Congress and Samajwadi Party on the issue.
Even as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee emerges as the front runner in the race for becoming the next President of India, it won't be that easy for him. Ahead of the crucial meeting between UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, there could be other surprises.
The race for the Rashtrapati Bhawan has gathered more steam. The Election Commission is expected to issue a notification on Monday. The chances of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee becoming UPA's Presidential candidate are high.
Another name has now came up in the race for the next President of India. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said that the BJD and the Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK will support NCP leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma.
As the race to the Rashtrapati Bhawan hots up, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari appear to emerge as the frontrunners.