New Delhi: With Manmohan Singh all set to retain the country’s top job, the prime ministerial ambitions of several leaders, including Bharatiya Janata Party heavyweight L.K. Advani and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, lay shattered on Saturday.
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With Congress and its allies doing well and on the road to forming the government again, it is perhaps the end of the road for Advani’s prime ministerial ambitions while Mayawati still has age on her side.
The United Progressive Alliance had projected the incumbent Manmohan Singh as its prime ministerial candidate. It was the first time the Congress had nominated its prime ministerial candidate before the elections.
BSP chief Mayawati, who had been the most vocal in articulating the Dalit aspirations for the top post, fared badly having put up 461 candidates across the country.
NCP leader Sharad Pawar, who was another potential candidate but never articulated the aspirations himself, welcomed the Lok Sabha verdict and stuck with the UPA.
“People were confident that only the UPA can provide a stable government and with the results and trends available so far, there should be no hindrance to formation of a stable government,” he said.