Presidential elections 2017: Ram Nath Kovind, former Bihar governor, is expected to secure nearly 70 per cent of the electoral college votes, while former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar has support of 17 opposition parties.
Six sacked TMC MLAs and one Congress MLA supported Ram Nath Kovind against the opposition's pick of Meira Kumar in the Presidential Election on Monday. The decision to choose Kovind over Meira stemmed from the fact that she was supported by CPI-M.
Voting for the presidential elections was conducted on Monday, with 776 MPs and 4120 MLAs casting their votes for either Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA presidential candidate or the Meira Kumar, the Opposition's nominee, in a secret ballot. The results will be announced on Thursday.
After casting his vote, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told reporters that NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind will win the election with a huge margin. Samajwadi Party leader and MLA Shivpal Singh Yadav said he voted for Kovind as well.
"A mock drill is being conducted to cater to any emergency-like situation and evacuate people during the crictical hour. Apart from this, the mock drill will also enable us to plug possible loopholes in the security apparatus (if any)," SSP, ATS, Umesh Kumar Srivastava told reporters.
The sparring began after senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad attacked Nitish Kumar for breaking ranks with the opposition and supporting NDA's pick Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential poll. People having one ideology take one decision while those with many ideologies take different decisions, he had said, apparently referring to JD (U)'s long association with BJP.
The former Lok Sabha Speaker, who came to Kolkata on Monday night, said that she was grateful that 17 major political parties under the chairmanship of AICC president Sonia Gandhi, despite their differences, stood united against the ruling party at the Centre.