Shekhawat Files Nomination For President Seat
Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat filed his nomination for the presidential election on Monday. He would be challenging as an Independent contender supported by the National Democratic Alliance, minus the Shiv Sena and the Jammu and Kashmir Panthers Party.
Along with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha L K Advani, Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh, Jaswant Singh, Sushma Swaraj, and host of other leaders Mr. Shekhawat submitted two sets of nomination documents to Returning Officer P.D. Achary at Parliament House.
George Fernandes and Sharad Yadav were also there. Seven BJP-ruled state chief ministers were there as witnessers to the nomination. These included Prakash Singh Badal, Vasundhara Raje Scindia, Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Dr Raman Singh. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was represented by Sushil Modi.
Slogans such as “Bharat Mata ki jai” and “Hindustan ka ek hi sinh, Bhairon Singh, Bhairon Singh” were raised by politicians from Rajasthan, after Mr. Shekhawat filed his nomination papers.
Mr. Vajpayee stated, “We are chalking out a strategy & we are fighting to win.”
The list of 56 proposers on one set of nomination papers was lead by Mr. Vajpayee, whereas Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje chaired list of 84 proposers. There were 60 and 70 seconders respectively.
“We are confident that a majority of voters, including people from the United Progressive Alliance and the United National Progressive Alliance, will favour Mr. Shekhawat. We have already said this election is linked to the nation’s destiny. Mr. Natwar Singh’s presence is a big message to the country,” Ms. Swaraj said.