Mumbai: Mohmad Abdul Hamid Patel, 55, and Saira Bano, 52, from suburban Mumbai have become the first couple ever to have filed nominations to contest the presidential elections.
Neither Mohmad nor Saira does not stand a chance of remaining in the contest when the nomination papers are scrutinised on June 30 for the July 17 election. Result of the presidential poll will be announced on July 20. According to statutory rules, 50 MPs or MLAs must propose a candidate’s name and 50 more must second the candidature of the President. Mohmad and Saira are very unlikely to secure the confidence of either MPs or MLAs.
“To get signatures of 50 MPs and MLAs is not at all easy for a common man like me. As in last election too due to required number of signatures I did not succeed. Hence I would be soon filing a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) urging to remove the condition. So a comman man like me can contest the elections,” he said.
Mohmad earlier too contested the Presidentail elections. However he lost.Patel stated, “This will be the second time that I would be contesting the elections. While my wife (Saira Patel) too has filed her first nomination form this year. On June 14 we visited Delhi parliamentary office and handed over the deposit of Rs 14,000 each to the parliament secretary. All due procedures have been completed.”
Since many years, Mohammad has been pursuing issues related to rehabilitation of slum dwellers and burning effigies of Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab. About 10 years ago, he fought the municipal elections from Ward No. 73 on a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket and lost by a slender margin of 600 votes. In the next civic election, Saira contested from the same constituency and lost after which they then took a sabbatical from politics.
Commening on the country’s political system, Mohammad said, “Indian democracy not only gives opportunity to a chaiwala to become the Prime Minister, but also guarantees an equal chance to ordinary citizens such as us.”