There were speculations doing rounds in the media circles in New Delhi that media baron and Eenadu group chairman Ch Ramoji Rao might be picked up by the Narendra Modi government for the coveted President of India post.
Present President Pranab Mukherjee will complete his term in a couple of months and the election notification has to be issued in April.
Soon after the completion of the Uttar Pradesh elections in which the BJP won with tremendous majority, there was a talk in New Delhi that Modi was considering Ramoji’s name.
In fact, Eenadu gave an unprecedented coverage to Modi’s victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand elections and the Ramoji office had sent the clippings to Prime Minister’s office.
As if to dash off Ramoji’s hopes, Andhra Jyothy has written a big article on Thursday, stating that Modi has decided to make veteran BJP leader L K Advani as the next President of India as part of “Guru Dakshina.”
Since there is no chance of Advani becoming the Prime Minister, the best way for him to retire in politics is to become the President of India and Modi wants to show his respect towards the veteran by offering this post.
Now, this is bad news for Ramoji, if at all he has any hopes of becoming the President of India at the fag end of his life. In any case, Advani is always a better choice for the post!