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To match Analysis INDIA-POLITICS/PRESIDENCY
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (C) speaks with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (L), as Chief of India's ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi watches, during a function held on the completion of the government's three years in office in New Delhi May 22, 2012. When Pratibha Patil leaves office in July and a new president is elected for the next five years, India may, for the first time since it became independent 65 years ago, have a president with political clout. That power will flow from a prerogative that effectively gives the president a casting vote when no one political party has a clear mandate to rule - the likely outcome of the next national elections due by 2014. A politically driven president - and the leading contender for the job, current Finance Minister Mukherjee, is certainly that - could also take advantage of India's vaguely worded constitution to influence legislation in a parliament splintered by many parties and alliances. He could also use his power to