1974 Indian presidential election

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Nominee Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Tridib Chaudhuri
Home state Assam West Bengal
Electoral vote 754,113 189,196
Percentage 79.9% 20.1%

President before election

Varahagiri Venkata Giri

Elected President

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed

The Election Commission of India held indirect 6th presidential elections of India on 17 August 1974. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, from Assam with 765,587 votes won over his nearest rival Tridib Chaudhuri, from West Bengal who got 189,196 votes.

Electoral Change

During the 1974 elections, there was a change in the electoral college. It now had 521 from the Lok Sabha, 230 from the Rajya Sabha and 3654 from the State assemblies.


The election schedule was announced by the Election Commission of India on 16 July 1974.[1]

S.No. Poll Event Date
1. Last Date for filing nomination 30 July 1974
2. Date for Scrutiny of nomination 31 July 1974
3. Last Date for Withdrawal of nomination 2 August 1974
4. Date of Poll 17 August 1974
5. Date of Counting 20 August 1974


Source: Web archive of Election Commission of India website[2][3]

Candidate Electoral Values
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed 754,113
Tridib Chaudhuri 189,196
Total 943,309

See also


  1. ^ "Background material related to Election to the office of President of India 2017". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 30 January 2022.
  2. ^ Election Commission of India
  3. ^ AOL news (Past and present Presidential Results)