Voting Closes For Presidential Election, Results On July 20th
Jul 18 2017
Ananth Kumar said Modi noted that Chief Ministers of Odisha, Bihar, Telangana and Tamil Nadu had extended their support to Kovind.
Ram Nath Kovind's ascent to the highest public office would be the first by a leader who started out with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or National Volunteers' Association, a Hindu nationalist mentor of the BJP and its affiliates.
(L) Ramnath Kovind candidate backed by NDA (R) Meira Kumar candidate backed by UPA. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, accompanied by ministers, welcomed Kovind and assured him of full support of state's representatives.
Ruling out NCP's support to Kovind, Memon had said that India can not have a president of RSS idealogy for next 5 years. Members of Trinamool Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have cross-voted.
Mr Kovind, a low profile politician better known for working behind the scenes, belongs to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and has the support of more than 60 per cent of the electoral college consisting of 776 MPs and 4,120 Members of state assemblies.
The President is chosen by an electoral college comprising all the MPs and MLAs in the country, with weighted votes apportioned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have casted their votes at the Parliament early morning and also addressed media wishing both the contesting candidates good luck.
The combined Opposition candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has appealed to the legislators to vote according to their conscience. Subsequently, other parties also made a decision to rally behind Kovind.
"It was a pleasure participating in the democratic process of the Presidential Election". MP AU Singh Deo said Kovind has assured to work impartially, while BJD vice-president and minister SN Patro said the presidential candidate has "assured to protect interest of Orissa".
The voting began at 10:00 PM and it will conclude at 5 PM.
The verdict will be out once the counting takes place on July 20.
The BJP has an over two-thirds majority in the Lok Sabha, or lower house of parliament, and runs governments by itself or in alliance with other parties in 17 of India's 29 states.