Besides Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar, the list of candidates who have filed their papers for presidential election has thrown up some interesting names. A Mumbai woman who goes by the name of Saira Bano and a Lalu Prasad Yadav who lives in Bihar are also in the race for the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The Saira Bano in question here is not the yesteryear’s actress and wife of Dilip Kumar. This Lalu Yadav also is not the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader.
Mumbai’s Saira Bano Mohammed Patel and her husband Mohammed Patel Abdul Hamid have both filed nomination papers.
Lalu Prasad Yadav’s namesake lives in Jado Rahimpur village of Bihar’s Saran district.
Election Commission’s list shows 108 nominations were filed by a total of 95 candidates. Both the two leading nominees NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind and Opposition’s Meira Kumar have filed their nomination four times to ensure they don’t miss the bus to the Raisina Hill merely due to some technical glitches in their papers.
Yesterday was the last day to file nomination papers for the presidential election which will be held on July 17. President Pranab Mukherjee’s five-year term ends on July 24.
FIGHT FOR A RECORD
Dr K Padmarajan who lives in Salem district of Tamil Nadu was the first one to have queued up when nomination began on July 14. He is famous as the “Election King” for being a serial contester. So far he has fought, unsuccessfully, in over 150 polls. Sans any political agenda or ambition to win election, Dr Padmarajan gives up a fight, or rather doesn’t fight, only to create a record.
Another one who was there at the Parliament House to file papers is a septuagenarian who calls himself ‘Ripleys Guinness Rishi’. A resident of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi this old man is obsessed with setting world records and has even about 500 tattoos on his body.
Besides this he has a number of other records in his name.WHAT WILL BE THE FATE OF THESE CANDIDATES?
According to the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections Act, 1952, the nomination has to be seconded by at least 50 electors as proposers and at least 50 electors as seconders.
If their nomination papers are not signed by members of the electoral college then they will be out of the race after scrutiny.
The electoral college comprises elected members of both Houses of Parliament and elected members of the legislative Assemblies of all states including Delhi and the union territory of Puducherry. This list excludes nominated members of the Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha and legislative Assemblies. Members of the Legislative Councils also do not have the right to vote.
A total of 4896 voters including 4120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs are eligible to cast their ballot.
With no MPs and MLAs to back their claim to the top constitutional post, some of these nominees have got signatures of random people including friends and family members. All such papers will be rejected.
Besides this, the candidates also have to deposit Rs 15,000 along with his papers.
A back of the envelope calculation shows NDA’s might will ensure Kovind gets around 62 percent votes to win the election for the top post. Kovind is set to get around 7 lakh votes which is around two-thirds of the total 10,98,903 votes of the electoral college.