1. Who is eligible to be the President of India? Here’s what it takes to be the country’s first citizen

Who is eligible to be the President of India? Here’s what it takes to be the country’s first citizen

Now, with Pranab Mukherjee's term coming to an end, the Presidential election are just around the corner.

By: | Fe Online | Published: May 3, 2017 4:50 PM
The tenure of the President Pranab Mukherjee is going to end on July 24. (Reuters)

The President of India is elected for five years. He is the constitutional head of the state. Now, with Pranab Mukherjee’s term coming to an end, the Presidential election are just around the corner. The time is right now to find out the criteria to become country’s first citizen, which are as follows:

1) He has to be a citizen of India.
2) Should be a minimum of 35 years of age.
3) The person should be eligible to become a member of the Lok Sabha.
4) The person should not hold any office of profit.

As per an Aaj Tak report, the President of India has certain powers which no other authority in the country has. No law in the country can pass without his signature. Any bill that is passed in the Parliament is sent to him for his final approval. It is up to the president to clear it or send it back for reconsideration. However, if the Parliament passes it again, then the president has to clear the bill.

Apart from these, the President of India has the power to veto any bill, among them is pocket veto. As per it, the President can keep any bill in his office as along as he wishes. He also has the power to save any convict from the gallows. This means he signs a mercy petition, then the convict need not be hanged by the authorities, the Aaj Tak report had said further.

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With the tenure of the current President Pranab Mukherjee going to end on July 24, the election for the next president is round the corner. And this has set off a political storm of activity as various parties tussle for position to pick their candidate and then get her/him elected to the high office. Last week NCP chief Sharad Pawar had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on the issue. Many others have also met Gandhi like Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. According to Indian Express report, leaders had discussed on putting a common candidate for the Opposition against the as yet unknown BJP candidate.

President Pranab Mukherkjee had taken over from Pratibha Patil on July 25, 2012. He is the 13th President of the country.

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