Quick Edit | Difficult choice

Quick Edit | Difficult choice

President Pratibha Patil’s term is due to come to an end in July and the process of choosing her successor is set to begin two months before that. Given the nature of the ruling coalition’s majority, the election is likely to be as tumultuous as last time, if not more sharply polarizing than the contest was in 2007. Even with all allies backing the Congress, the United Progressive Alliance may fall short of the numbers needed to ensure that its candidate wins the contest.

But perhaps that would be too much to expect.

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