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Monday, July 24, 2017

First woman to contest in a presidential election in India? - All You Need To Know

It was in the fourth presidential election in 1967 that a woman - Manohara Holkar - tried her luck individually to get to the Rashtrapati Bhavan for the first time. 

But among eight candidates, she did not get a single vote. Eminent scholar Dr. Zakir Hussain then became the first Muslim and the third president of India.

The second woman candidate was Furcharan Kaur, who took on V.V. Giri on 1969 and finished fifth among 15 candidates. 

Furcharan Kaur got 940 and Giri won with 401,515 votes making the fourth president for the country. 

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, the second Muslim, became the fifth elected president of India in 1974

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