New Delhi, Jan 3: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced at a press meet on Friday that he would not run for the top post for the third term. Singh, who has served as the prime minister for two consecutive terms since 2004, said that he would hand over the baton to a new prime minister.
The decision of Singh means that India is going to have a new prime minister this year. Who could be that? Let's have a look at some probable candidates.
How many kinds of prime ministers we have at the moment
Manmohan Singh, who became the PM in 2004, announced on Friday that he won't be the PM again.He would hand over the baton to a new prime minister, he said.
Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, was declared as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 elections. He leads the race to become the prime minister of India this year.
The Congress vice-president is expected to become his party's prime ministerial candidate for the LS polls. He could become the prime minister but given the strong anti-incumbency mood prevailing across the nation at the moment, it will be a difficult task for the 43-year-old.
The Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi chief minister, who is the discovery of this political season, is also a heavyweight politician at the moment and can become the PM with the Congress's support as a move to stop Modi. Politics, after all, is a game of uncertainty.
Mulayam Singh Yadav
The Samajwadi Party supremo, now 74, will perhaps have his final opportunity to become the prime minister of India this year. He, however, will have to depend on the Congress, his eternal friend, to become the PM. But given the state of the Congress, can he?
The Janata Dal (United) Nitish Kumar, who left the NDA in June last year, says in the open that he is not in the race to become the PM but if indeed an opportunity comes his way, will he let it go? Hmm, a million dollar question.
The AIADMK chief has earned a good name as an administrator and can not be ruled out as the prime minister.