Who will conquer the Rastrapathi Bhavan? Top 10 contenders for the Presidential elections

A month left for presidential elections and speculations are on. But no official names are out from NDA or UPA. Is it because they have not found a suitable candidate? Even though both parties are short of majority, NDA has high chances.

Modi government will be very careful while opting their candidate because if the candidate has any controversial background then the Congress led UPA will not hesitate to make derogatory remarks on even President of India, like how it made on General Bipin Rawat.

Let’s have a look at the possible candidates for the presidential post.

  • Rajnikant
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, known by his mononymous stage name Rajinikanth, is an Indian film actor, who works primarily in Tamil Cineman.
He recently hinted to join politics. BJP is heavily banging on him to get an entry into Tamilnadu. So he is also in the presidential race.
  • Mohan Bhagwat
Initially Mohan Bhagwat’s name was in the race but later it faded away. But now again it has come into prominence as he recently met the President Pranab Mukherjee.

Bhagwat completed his schooling from ‘Lokmanya Tilak Vidyalaya’ and then the first year of his BSc from the Janata College in Chandrapur. He graduated in Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry from Government Veterinary College, Nagpur.

He dropped out of his postgraduate course in Veterinary Sciences and became a Pracharak (full-time promoter/worker) of the RSS towards the end of 1975. In June 2015, the government of India ordered the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to provide round-the-clock protection to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat. At Z+VVIP security cover, Bhagwat is one of the most protected Indians today.

  • Sumitra Mahajan
The present Lok Sabha speaker is also in the race. She served for a time as a Union Minister. She was minister from 2002 to 2004, holding the portfolios for Human Resources, Communications and Petroleum.She is the eldest and senior most among woman Members of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha

She contested for the first time and won the Lok Sabha elections in 1989, against former chief minister and senior Congress leader Prakash Chandra Sethi. She has brought many projects for Indore from Railways, Aviation, Urban Development Ministry. She is known for simplicity, honesty and clean politics. She has a clean track record and has always maintained distances from Special Interest Group. She is popularly known as Tai, among people of her constituency.

  • Sushma Swaraj
In the 2014 Indian general election, she won the Vidisha constituency in Madhya Pradesh for a second term, retaining her seat by a margin of over 400,000 votes. She became the External Affairs Minister in the union cabinet on 26 May 2014.

In 1973, Swaraj started practise as an advocate in the supreme Court of India . During the times of Emergency, on 13 July 1973, Sushma Swaraj married  Swaraj Kaushal, a peer and fellow advocate at the Supreme court of India  The Emergency movement brought together the couple, who then teamed up for the defence of the socialist leader  George Fernandes.

  • Elattuvalapil Sreedharan
He is an Indian civil engineer. He’s the retired Indian Engineering Service(IES) officer popularly known as the “Metro Man“. He is credited for changing the face of public transport in India by his leadership for building the Konkan Railway and the Delhi Metro when he served as the managing director of Delhi Metro between 1995 and 2012.

In December 1964, a cyclone washed away parts of Pamban Bridge that connected  Rameswaram to mainland Tamil Nadu. The Railways set a target of six months for the bridge to be repaired while Sreedharan’s boss, under whose jurisdiction the bridge came, reduced it to three months. Sreedharan was put in-charge of the execution and he restored the bridge in just 46 days.The Railway minister’s Award was given to him in recognition of this achievement. The government of India awarded him the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.

  • Draupadi Murmu
She is the first woman Governor of Jharkhand. She is the first woman and tribal leader from Odisha to be appointed as a governor in an Indian state. During the BJP and BJD coalition government in Odisha, she was the Minister of State with independent charge for Commerce and Transport from March 6, 2000 to August 6, 2002 and Fisheries and Animal Resources Development from August 6, 2002 to May 16, 2004.
  • Gopal Krishna Gandhi
Gopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi is a retired  IAS officer and diplomat, who was the 22nd Governor of West Bengal serving from 2004 to 2009. As a former IAS officer he served as Secretary to the President of India and as High Commissioner to South Africa and Sri Lanka, among other administrative and diplomatic posts

His paternal grandfather was Mahatma Gandhi and maternal grandfather was c rajagopalachari (Rajaji). He is the son of Devdas Gandhi and Lakshmi Gandhi.

  • Thawar Chand Gehlot
Thawar Chand Gehlot is an Indian politician who currently serves as the Minister of Social and Empowerment in the Modi ministry. Being actively involved in social work, he plays a major role in removing social ills and conservatism from the Indian society. Face of the dalits, Gehlot works for the exploited classes through the organisation called ‘Balai Samaj’.
  • Meira Kumar
Meira Kumar was born in Arrah district, Bihar to the former Deputy Prime Minister and prominent Dalit leader, Jagjivan Ram and a freedom fighter, Indrani Devi. She served in the Congress-led Government as the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment from 2004 to 2009. In 2009, she was briefly inducted as member of the cabinet as Union Minister for Water Resources

In 1970, she joined the Indian Foreign Service and spent her life in many countries.

  • Sharad Yadav
Sharad Yadav is a politician from the Janata Dal (United) party. He is current representing the state of Bihar in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He has been elected to Lok Sabha seven times and to Rajya Sabha twice.

Rajat Bhandary