Presidential Election: All nominations rejected except Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar
Lok Sabha sources said 95 candidates filed a total of 108 nomination forms, including four each by Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar. Those of 93 were rejected for various reasons.
The first to go were 35 whose papers did not include a certified copy of the electoral roll. During scrutiny Thursday, the rest were rejected on grounds such as the absence of a list of 50 proposers and 50 seconders, and failure to deposit the nomination fee of Rs 15,000.
The provision for 50 MLAs or MPs as proposers and seconders was introduced in 1977. Before that, a higher number of candidates often made the final cut. In 1969, there were 15 candidates apart from the two main contenders — V V Giri, who won that election, and Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, who would become President in 1982.
Since 1977, there have been very few occasions when there have been more than two candidates remaining at the end of scrutiny. In 1987, one Mitilesh Kumar was the third candidate apart from R Venkataraman (the winner) and V R Krishna Iyer. Mithilesh got 2,223 votes in an electoral college of 10.2 lakh.
In 1992, apart from Shankar Dayal Sharma (who won) and G G Swell, the contest included Ram Jethmalani and Kaka Joginder Singh Dhartipakad. Jethmalani got 2,704 votes, Dhartipakad 1,135.