Mamata Banerjee won in West Bengal but now there are questions about her future (photo: dpa)

Presidential election gives India’s UPA an unexpected chance to revive stalled policies

India’s United Progressive Alliance has been a big disappointment to its supporters in its second term in power. Its failure to manage its coalition partners has meant that many of its policies are in limbo. Now a political windfall has come from an unlikely source – a wrangle over the election for the usually ceremonial post of president. Will the UPA seize its opportunity?

THE role of the President of India is usually largely ceremonial.

The head of state is chosen by an electoral college comprised of members from national and state legislatures.

So, few commentators could have predicted that the politics underlyi...

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 Barun S. Mitra
In 2012, facing its worst crisis of credibility, the UPA has had to offer the presidential post to arguably one of the most accomplished politicians of the day
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