Presidential elections: Six nominations filed

- Mehak Bhalla   15-06-2017


The process of filing nomination papers for the presidential election that will be held on July 2017 has begun and hitherto, six names have been filed for the presidential poll. The nomination will endure till June 28.  K Padmarajan from Tamil Nadu, Anand Singh Kushwaha from Madhya Pradesh, A.Bala Raj from Telangana, a couple Saira Bano Mohammed Patel and Mohammed Patel Abdul Hamid from Mumbai, and Kondekar Vijayprakash from Pune documented the nomination papers.

Among the general population who filed the nomination is K. Padmarajan from Salem in Tamil Nadu, who has earned the moniker of 'Election King' by challenging and contesting in more than 150 elections. His name is established in the Limca Book of Records for being the "most unsuccessful candidate". Padmarajan has rivaled political magnates like  J. Jayalalithaa, M. Karunanidhi, A.K. Anthony, P.V. Narasimha Rao, K.R. Narayanan, S.M. Krishna, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (in Rajya Sabha polls) and President Pranab Mukherjee in the presidential election.

The ruling BJP led NDA and a freely sewed group of opposition parties have reinforced endeavors to focus on a "mutually acceptable" presidential candidate. But they would go their different ways if a consensus proves vague. On the off chance that the administration looks for any recommendation from Opposition pioneers, the Left and the Congress are presumably going to propose the name of 71-year-old Gandhi, a resigned IAS officer and previous legislative leader of Bengal.

If the elections are held in case both the NDA and the opposition file their candidates, then the results would be announced on July 20. Voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. on July,17 at places fixed under the rules. The term of present incumbent Pranab Mukherjee would end on July 24.