Ram Nath Kovind’s vote share lowest since 1974: EC data

Ram Nath Kovind polled 7,02,044 votes out of 10,90,300 in the Electoral College, while his rival Meira Kumar, the joint opposition candidate, secured 3,67,314 votes. However, the victory margin is the lowest since the 1974 presidential poll

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 20, 2017 9:42 pm
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Ram Nath Kovind, the ruling NDA coalition’s candidate, may have won the presidential election comfortably, but his vote share is the lowest since 1974, figures reveal. Kovind polled 7,02,044 votes out of 10,90,300 in the Electoral College, while his rival Meira Kumar, the joint opposition candidate, secured 3,67,314 votes. This comes to a vote share of 65.65 per cent for the President-elect. However, the victory margin is the lowest since the 1974 presidential poll. According to Election Commission data, Kovind’s immediate predecessor Pranab Mukherjee (2012) secured 69.31 per cent votes while Pratibha Patil (2007) got 65.82 per cent of the total votes, marginally higher than the share secured by Kovid.

In the 2012 polls, out of 10,29,750 votes, Mukherjee bagged 7,13,763 votes, while in 2007, Patil bagged 6,38,116 of the total 9,69,422 votes polled. K R Narayanan (1997) and A P J Abdul Kalam (2002) bagged 94.97 per cent and 89.57 per cent respectively, the highest victory percentages since 1974. Only Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, in 1977, was elected unopposed to the top constitutional post. Gyani Zail Singh (1982) got 72.73 per cent votes, while R Venkatraman (1987) bagged 72.28 per cent. Shankar Dayal Sharma (1992) got 65.87 per cent.

Besides Narayanan, only two presidents — Rajendra Prasad (98.99 per cent) in 1957, and Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan (98.24 per cent) in 1962 — secured over 90 per cent of the votes. In the first presidential election, Prasad bagged 83.81 votes. The lowest margin of victory for any presidential poll was during the 1969 election when then president V V Girri secured just 48 per cent of the total votes. The low percentage is often attributed to a so-called ‘syndicate’ within the Congress. Fifteen candidates were the in the fray in this poll, the highest in any presidential election. Girri’s predecessor Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed bagged 56.23 per cent votes in 1967

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    kannan
    Jul 21, 2017 at 10:50 am
    Besides Narayanan, only TWO presidents — Rajendra Prasad (98.99 per cent) in 1957, and Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan (98.24 per cent) in 1962 — secured over 90 per cent of the votes. What about A P J Abdul Kalam (2002) bagged 94.97 per cent? Two or Three?
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      vijay
      Jul 21, 2017 at 6:57 am
      a numerical analysis of previous victory margins to the present one does not serve any useful purpose other tan give a back handed consolation to the vanquished. Apart from the leaders of the opposition no one else in India would be interested in this story. Of course, this story may be the light at the end of the dark electoral tunnel that they were waiting for, and this 35 loss might give them some hope that they will win in 2019. Well,we all can live in hope for ever, I suppose.
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        Murthy
        Jul 21, 2017 at 6:35 am
        Indian Media has its own agenda and political attachments. That is okay by me. BUT just I would expect a doctor in India to treat a P.a.k.i.sthani patient the same way as he treats me, an Indian, I expect the Media to treat FACTS whether it helps or not their Favourite Political Dynasty. Our Media's "Political" writing has caused much trouble for the country as a whole. This campaign about 'lynching' is an example. As 'Rishi' one of my fellow bloggers has said, "In a nation of 1.3 billion people, why scream so much over FIVE cases of serious misbehaviour by rowdies, using Cow as the excuse?" Electoral College that votes for President consists of the State Legislatures also. So, if a party rules in most of the States as well as in Delhi, it can expect its candidates to win with a good margin. Since 1974, until recently, the Congress Party had that capacity. Just one sentence to that effect added to the above essay would have been right.
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          Harsimrat
          Jul 21, 2017 at 5:19 am
          A greatly balanced news piece, unbiasedly based on facts and presented without any malice, only highlighting reality viz-a-vis historical facts. Aim of this analysis is not to judge between two rival candidates. But to show us relative popularity of elected Presidents at various points of time during the course of Indian history. I can not understand why people smelling foul in this news. Perhaps, their unintelligent reaction is a case of, how we falsely rivet our poor judgemental and analytical skill on blaming the media undeservingly for ill reporting. A classical example of a good Media house facing a mob-trial in the form of these condemning comments!
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            Murthy
            Jul 21, 2017 at 6:17 am
            HarSimrath Bhai, Indian Media has done this only with this NDA government. When Modi-BJP won in 2014, our Media produced figures, without the essential explanations, that only 31 of Indians voted for Modi. Our Media HIDES information as much as it 'gives'... .................................31 of the Votes Cast or 31 of the Total Electorate ? Can you tell the difference between the two?? In this case, this PTI report has not mentioned that CONGRESS had dominated in Delhi as well as in most of the States, when previous Presidential Elections were held. Our MEDIA, especially, this Paper, is working for the Congress Party. Nothing wrong with that, I ask from our Media, ONLY, "DO NOT DISTORT FACTS, Do Not HIDE Explanations. Some of us know you wish to creat superficial "impressions" than impart sound Knowledge. Learn from some of the best British Newspapers. All of them agree on facts, even if their accounting for them may vary."
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              vijay
              Jul 21, 2017 at 7:09 am
              Murthy, Do these people know that a miss by an Inch is as good as a mile.? This paper is trying very hard to cushion the fall by citing some meaning less statistics. The man in the street knows the truth that the days of the opposition, as we know it, is numbered. No amount of spinning by the media is going to reverse the process. Bad luck they backed the wrong horse.Well we win some and loose some, that is life.
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          2. Riya Fucker
            Jul 21, 2017 at 2:45 am
            Seems ,as usual,Indian Express and ilk is not able to digest the reality that the new President is from BJP !!!!!High time to pack off IE
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