The effort by leaders to teach their MPs and MLAs to correctly mark the ballot paper in the presidential exercise did not work in some cases. While a few were careless in recording their vote, others deliberately invalidated them.
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's resignation as Vice-President has saved him from the embarrassment of receiving and escorting Pratibha Patil to the Central Hall of Parliament for her oath-taking on July 25. His resignation notwithstanding, he will get his pension.
For the first time, an incumbent Vice-President has been defeated while contesting the President's post. S Radhakrishnan, Zakhir Hussain, R Venkatraman, Shankar Dayal Sharma and KR Narayanan, who were vice presidents, became presidents. Among the vice presidents who did not contest for the top post were GS Pathak, BD Jatti and Justice Hidayatullah.