V P Singh roots for Narayanan to be made President
Former Prime Minister V P Singh has proposed that Vice-President
K R Narayanan be elevated to the apex office of the President.
He pointed out on Friday, March 28, that Narayanan was the unanimous
choice of all parties for the vice-presidentship and this ''shows
his wide acceptance''.
He was confident that all parties would show similar unanimity
in sending Narayanan to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
''His elevation will also fulfill partly the unrealised aspiration
of the Father of the Nation that a member of the scheduled castes
become the first president of India,'' he said.
V P Singh said there were many worthy candidates for the presidentship.
But Narayanan fitted the bill remarkably. ''He has shown his mettle
and merit as vice-president and the chairman of the Rajya Sabha.
He also represents the aspiration of a ''vast section of our people''.
The former prime minister said precedence had often been cited
in the past in making out the case for elevating the incumbent
vice-president to presidency.
By that yardstick as well, Narayanan should be the automatic choice
for presidentship, he added.
''Otherwise, a wrong signal will go out - that when it comes to
a scheduled caste candidate, the standards become different.''
Narayanan still the most suitable candidate for Presidency