President Pranab Mukherjee’s term as President of India will end in July 2017 and there have been speculations about the next person who will hold the country’s second most coveted job. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley could be Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for the presidential post, according to a report of Arun Jaitley is emerging as the front-line contender who may become the next President of India replacing Pranab Mukherjee, the report said.

Several names have been doing round who may become next President. The contenders include former BJP president and current cabinet minister Venkaiah Naidu, speaker Sumitra Mahajan, RSS veteran leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Thaawar Chand Gehlot, the Dalit face of Modi’s cabinet, Draupadi Murmu, the first woman tribal to be sworn in as a governor and Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik.

What makes Arun Jaitley suitable for the presidential post is his closeness with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi regularly consults Arun Jailey on political and administrative issues. If BJP fields Jaitley for the first citizen’s post, the decision will also clear the way of Subramanian Swamy who has been eyeing on the post of Finance Minister.

It is learnt that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is unhappy with performance of Arun Jaitley as the Finance Minister failed to revive the economy in two years. The Sangh parivar also wants some other person to hold the Finance Ministry. By fielding Jaitley for the presidential election, Modi can serve two purposes; he can bring a new finance minister at the helm to kick-start the economy as well as build a new rapport with the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat ahead of crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly election.