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Sushma Swaraj Among the Frontrunners In The Race For President Of India

Sushma Swaraj has been elected seven times as the Member of Parliament and three times as Member of Legislative Assembly.

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With President Pranab Mukherjee’s term expiring on July 24 2017, the presidential elections in India will be held on July 17. Bhartiya Janata Party leader and India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has emerged as a strong candidate in the race for President of India. The nominations for Presidential elections can be filed until June 28. The results of the poll will be out on July 20 and the next president will take charge from next day after the announcement of results.

Sushma Swaraj has been elected seven times as the Member of Parliament and three times as Member of Legislative Assembly. She is respected by many for her dynamic work in the Ministry of External Affairs. She is famous for bringing home stranded Indians abroad.

The 65-year old politician became a member of Legislative Assembly of Haryana and a Member of Cabinet in Haryana at the young age of 25 in 1977. In 2004, she was honoured with the ‘Outstanding Parliamentarian Award’ and became India’s first woman MP to be honoured with this award.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan and the Minister of Social Justice Thawar Singh Gehlot are also believed to be a strong contender in the race for President of India.  

In the Opposition side, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meera Kumar, JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, former West Bengal Governor and Mahatama Gandhi’s grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi are the probable contenders in the race for President.

According to the Article 54 of the Indian constitution:

"The President shall be elected by the members of an electoral college consisting of -

(a) The elected members of both Houses of Parliament and (b) The elected members of the Legislative Assemblies of the States (including National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union Territory of Pondicherry vide the Constitution 70th amendment Act, 1992)."