Despite Pranab Mukherjee set to get a runaway victory, the 2012 Presidential election appears to have divided parties and alliances across the political spectrum. As the race for Raisina Hill hots up, the divide is crystal clear all over - be it in UPA, which fielded Mukherjee or in the Opposition NDA and Left.
BJP's decision for a contest against Mukherjee and back P A Sangma did not find favour with its key allies JD-U and Shiv Sena, while the ruling alliance saw its key ally Trinamool Congress almost threatening a walk-out days after Mukherjee's candidature was announced. Even in Left, while CPI-M and Forward Bloc have decided to support Mukherjee, the other two parties - CPI and RSP - have decided to abstain from voting.
Sangma, a senior NCP leader who was earlier in Congress, chose to defy his party's appeal to withdraw from the race and resigned from the organisation instead. As Sangma refused to listen to NCP boss Sharad Pawar, who was canvassing support for Mukherjee, the party was contemplating his dismissal. Even before BJP could firm up position on either contest or consensus on the Presidential election, there were different voices with MPs like Maneka Gandhi pitching for Mukherjee and hailing him as an "excellent candidate".
Gandhi said on Monday that the election of the President should be by a consensus three days before her party decided for a contest and backed Sangma after A P J Abdul Kalam withdrew from the race. The most dramatic turn of the events so far was Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee rejecting the Congress proposal for the names of Pranab Mukherjee and Hamid Ansari and coming out with three new names including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Samajwadi Party, which backed her initially, ended up vouching support for Mukherjee.
Zaibunnisa Kazi, an accused in the 1993 Bombay blast case, on Monday surrendered in a Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) court in Mumbai.
In latest development in the IPL spot-fixing case, Delhi Police have detained Ranji Trophy player Baburao Yadav from Delhi as investigation moved forward frantically on the last day of the custody of three Rajasthan Royals' players.
India and China on Monday signed eight agreements during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to India.
Dentist Rajesh Talwar claimed in the court that he was asleep on the fateful night when his daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj were murdered and internet activity recorded from his room might not be correct.
Police claim to have arrested a first class cricketer, Manish, and are on the look out for a former Railways player, Baburao Yadav.
The two Congress Cabinet ministers, accused in Jagan Reddy disproportionate assets case, submitted their resignations to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday night.
After two years of rule, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appears to have squandered the overwhelming mandate voters gave her, but as West Bengal gears up for panchayat polls, it seems that the TMC has the advantage as the Left is yet to regroup.