1982 Indian presidential election

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Nominee Zail Singh Hans Raj Khanna
Party INC Independent
Home state Punjab Punjab
Electoral vote 754,113 282,685
Percentage 72.73% 27.27%

President before election

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy

Elected President

Zail Singh

The Election Commission of India held indirect eighth presidential elections of India on 12 July 1982. Zail Singh with 754,113 votes won over his nearest rival Hans Raj Khanna who got 282,685 votes.[1] Zail Singh was the first and till date only Sikh to be the President of India.


Potential opposition candidates included N. G. Goray former high commissioner to London, and Bhola Paswan Shastri, former Rajya Sabha member.[2]


The election schedule was announced by the Election Commission of India on 9 June 1982.[3]

S.No. Poll Event Date
1. Last Date for filing nomination 23 June 1982
2. Date for Scrutiny of nomination 24 June 1982
3. Last Date for Withdrawal of nomination 26 June 1982
4. Date of Poll 12 July 1982
5. Date of Counting 15 July 1982


Source: Web archive of Election Commission of India website[4]

Candidate Electoral Values
Zail Singh 754,113
Hans Raj Khanna 282,685
Total 1,036,798

See also


  1. ^ Election Commission of India
  2. ^ "Giani Zail Singh poised to become the seventh President of India". India Today. Retrieved 20 June 2023.
  3. ^ "Background material related to Election to the office of President of India 2017". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 30 January 2022.
  4. ^ http://www.aol.in/news-story/the-indian-president-past-winners-and-losers/2007061905199019000001 AOL news (Past and present Presidential Results)