Eye on records,‘candidate’ files papers with fake signs

Man's claim to fame is his stated aim to get into the Guinness Book of World Records....

Written by Maneesh Chhibber | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2012 4:49:33 am

A Uttar Pradesh resident,whose claim to fame is his stated aim to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for losing the most number of polls,could face penal action,if the Election Commission of India so decides,for appending fake signatures of MPs and MLAs with his nomination papers for the posts of President and Vice-President.

While the Rajya Sabha Secretariat,which is incharge of the ongoing process to elect the next President,rejected the nomination papers of the ‘candidate’ — Narendra Nath Dubey ‘Adig’ of Varanasi,who claims to have lost 40 elections on the trot — the Lok Sabha Secretariat is likely to do the same.

Sources in Parliament said that during scrutiny of nomination papers,it was found that the mandatory signatures of 50 proposers and 50 seconders — all of who must be either members of Parliament or any state Assembly — that Adig had provided with his papers were found to be fake,leading to the rejection of his nomination papers.

On Monday,he filed nomination papers for contesting the ensuing election of Vice-President,submitting signatures of 40 MPs — 20 proposers and 20 seconders. But officials in the Lok Sabha Secretariat,who are involved in the conduct of the elections,said the signatures could be fake.

“Once it is established that the signatures are fake or he has tried to mislead us,we will refer the matter to the Election Commission of India for necessary action. Nobody can be allowed to vitiate the electoral process,” said an officer.

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