Presidential election tomorrow: Ram Nath Kovind vs Meira Kumar

 The race to Raisina Hills will pit Opposition nominee and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar against Center's pick and former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 16, 2017 1:20 pm
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The election to appoint the next President of India will take place on Monday at Parliament House in New Delhi, and in all State Legislative Assembly Secretariats. The race to Raisina Hills will pit Opposition nominee and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar against the Center’s pick and former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind. While the polling is largely being viewed as a contest between two Dalit leaders, Kumar, at a conference earlier this month, had said that it is a “battle of ideologies”.

Last week, Kovind said the Presidential post is above party politics. “A president never belongs to any party. All people irrespective of caste, creed and religion, state are equal. Vote bank is not important for me but development matters.”

The President of India will be elected by the by Electoral college comprising of all elected members of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Legislative Assemblies of States. To become the president, either of the candidate needs to secure at least one vote more than 50 per cent of the total votes polled. The results of the election will be announced on Thursday, five days before President Pranab Mukherjee’s  his term expires.

Kovind, who recently concluded his visit to Gujarat, his “second home”, has received support from several regional heavy-weights, including TDP, TRS, BJD, YSRCP, LJP and Shiv Sena. Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) has also indicated that it would support Kovind’s candidature.

Opposition’s selection Meira Kumar will be backed  by parties like TMC, CPM, RJD, SP, BSP. Aam Aadmi Party has also hinted that it will support Kumar in her bid to become the next President. But senior AAP leader H S Phoolka, in a recent interview, said that he will not vote for Meira Kumar. “I have been closely associated with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots (case) and if I vote for the Congress then people will think that the party has been pardoned for these riots. It can never be forgiven for it. Therefore, I will not vote for the Congress candidate,” Phoolka said.

According to reports, tensions between the two factions of Samajwadi Party led by Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav  could possibly triggering cross-voting.

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  1. N
    Jul 18, 2017 at 3:46 am
    Mr.Ram Nath Kovind will get 70 plus votes and Mrs.Meira Kumar will lose her deposit.
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      Sankaran Krishnan
      Jul 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm
      It is a known fact that the Ruling Party candidate Mr. Ram Nath Kovind will sweep the Poll and he will be declared elected which is just a formality and nit is really a pity that the so called Opposition Parties make a scape-goat in the form of Meira Kumar and that too as an second option she is selected because of Dalit and not based on her credentials like Ram Nath Kovind !!!
      1. D
        Jul 16, 2017 at 3:48 pm
        SO Meira Kumar has finally revealed her true colour - and put hand in corrupt congressi's pocket. How much she was paid, how much she is being paid and how much will she be paid By Sonia and Rauls exposed friend CHINA and Pakistan, Swiss account or in China ?
        1. I
          Jul 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm
          Ram Nath Kovind your victory is guaranteed, and that also huge margin. Jai Hind
          1. Rajdeep Anand
            Jul 16, 2017 at 2:01 pm
            A foregone conclusion! Ram Nath Kovind, of course!!
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