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Ram Nath Kovind to become India's 14th President: Here are 6 interesting facts about Presidential elections in India

Here are a few things you should know about the office of First Citizen of India.

Avneet Kaur | July 20, 2017 | Updated 18:17 IST
Ram Nath Kovind to become India's 14th President: Here are 6 interesting facts about Presidential elections in India

 

  • There is no legal limit to the number of terms a person can be elected as a President. The first President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad, was re-elected when his term got over in 1957. He is the only President to have served two terms (1952-1962)
  • Dr. Rajendra Prasad secured 98.99 per cent of the total votes, the maximum till date to become President of India for the second time in 1957.

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  • India has had sixteen presidents in the functioning of the India parliament till date including two acting presidents. All the Presidents completed their full five year term except Dr. Zakir Husain and Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, who passed away while in office on May 03, 1969 and Feb 11, 1977 respectively.
  • After the demise of the president, Dr Zakir Husain in 1969, V.V. Giri assumed the office of the Acting President. For the Presidential elections, he resigned from the office of Vice-President. It was for the first time that a situation arose when both the President and the Vice-President were not in office and the Chief Justice of India functioned as the Acting President till completion of Presidential election.
  • In 1977, for the seventh Presidential election, in all 37 candidates were rejected by the Returning Officer on scrutiny, the only validly nominated candidate Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, remained in the field. After 3:00 pm on the last day fixed for withdrawal of the candidature, the Returning Officer declared the result of the election in which Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was declared elected unopposed on the day itself. It was for the first time that a candidate was declared elected to the highest office without a contest.
  • Fifty seven years after the Indian Constitution came into force, history was created in July 2007 when Pratibha Devisingh Patil became the first woman to be elected as the President of India. She was the fifth woman to have contested the Presidential election.

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