An Uttar Pradesh resident,whose main 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,too,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 election,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.
Apart from Adig,14 others have filed their nomination papers for the post of Vice-President,but nobody else has claimed to have the requisite number of backers.
In the recently-held UP Assembly elections,Adig contested from Varanasi Cantonment as an Independent,failing to even open his account. In 2002,he contested from the same constituency as an RJD candidate and lost his deposit.