Initial news coming out from the sources tells that cricketer MS Dhoni, famed television host Arnab Goswami, spiritual leader Ram Rahim Singh and Zakir Hussain nominations have been rejected by Government. There are no reasons outlined by the Ministry as of now.
Neerja Bhanot, who was killed in hijacking incident in 1986 nomination, was also declined too. A biopic was released last year with good reviews.
Sharad Pawar and Murli Manohar Joshi includes those who were awarded Padma Vibhusan (Second Highest Civilian honour) also missed out with big political background. Maximum numbers were given for Dera Sachcha Sauda chief Ram Rahim who has starred in three movies already.
Padma Awards will be awarded to personalities at Rashtrapati Bhavan later this year by President himself. In total there are 89 recipients which includes Padma Vibhushan(7), Padma Bhushan(7) and Padma Shri awards (75).