The election for the next President of India has started a scramble for numbers among political parties. The electors are the MPs and the MLAs of the state assemblies. Each MP is valued at 700 points and each MLA’s value is different in each state. That makes it a tedious process. Eligibility to contest the election for the top post is also tough. Anyone who is an Indian citizen and meets certain requirements is eligible to become President. A Presidential candidate must be at least 35 years old and qualified for election as a member of the Lok Sabha, or the House of the people. He or she cannot hold an office of profit that has been interpreted to be a position that brings to the office-holder (MP/MLA) some financial gain, advantage, or benefit. The amount of such profit is immaterial. The catch here is that it is mandatory for 50 MPs to propose the candidate for the election to the highest office in the country and another 50 supporting his candidature.
The last day of filing the nominations is June 29 and the scrutiny of the papers will take place on June 30.
The process to file nominations for the upcoming Presidential election began on Wednesday after the Election Commission of India (EC) issued a notification calling upon the electors to fill up the vacancy. The last day of filing the nominations is June 29 and the scrutiny of the papers will take place on June 30, the EC announced last week. The voting is scheduled to take place on July 18 and the counting of votes, if need be, will take place on July 21.
By 15 June, 11 people filed their nominations while the big parties are yet to name their picks. The first one to file his nomination is Dr. K Padmarajan from Mettuguda in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. Then there is one Lalu Prasad Yadav. No, it’s not the RJD founder with the same name but a resident of Marhawra town in Saran, famous at one point for the Morton Toffee Factory. There are three candidates from Delhi and two from Maharashtra. Dr. Rajendra Prasad is the only President to have served two full terms. Dr. Zakir Hussain and Dr Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed could not complete their terms. Since 1997, the contest for the top post has been a two-horse race between the pick of the ruling party or alliance and the other fielded by the Opposition.