With 65 percent of vote, Kovind elected 14th president of India

Isaac Cain
July 21, 2017

Ms Kumar tweeted her congratulations: "I congratulate Sh".

Ever since the day of July 20 started every Indian was waiting for its 14th new president. According to reports, there was cross voting in UP, Gujarat and Goa during the elections.

"I want to thank all those honourable members of the collegium who voted for me".

Opposition candidate Mira Kumar congratulated him. Among the votes deemed valid, 55 went in favour of joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar, whom the AAP supported, while six votes went in favour of President elect Ramnath Kovind.

The total value of votes for MPs stands at 5,49,408.

Both Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar are from Dalit community. In Goa, she polled only 11 votes, even though the party has 16 MLAs.

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The NDA candidate's victory against Kumar was a foregone conclusion because nearly 40 parties, including many from outside the NDA fold, pledged to support him. In West Bengal too, the BJP man-aged to make a minor dent in the opposition vote. MLCs of states with legislative council are not part of the Electoral College.

Sources said that the non-NDA parties significantly Janata Dal United (JDU) voted for Kovind against the grand alliance in Bihar. Ram Nath Kovind and Meera Kumar was nominated for this post.

Kovind obtained 65.65 percent of votes from the electoral college. As the votes are being counted on Thursday, based on the initial rounds of counting, NDA-candidate Ram Nath Kovind is in the lead. "So it is an eye-opener for those who are arrogating only numbers", said Congress media in-charge Randeep Surjewala. Meira Kumar says that it is a battle of ideologies.

BJP's nominee Kovind is tipped to be the next President of this country. He is a lawyer by profession.

BJP chief Amit Shah hailed Mr Kovind's victory as "historic" and added that it was the "victory for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised and their aspirations".

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