Stage is set for Presidential polls

by Antonio Miles July 18, 2017, 0:24
Stage is set for Presidential polls

On the day when lawmakers voted to elect India's next President, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the National Democratic Alliance's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind will win with a "comfortable" margin.

Kovind is likely to get support of 2,180 MLAs and 530 MPs, while Kumar is set to get support from 1628 MLAs and 232 MPs, added the report.

The voting to choose the 14th President of India just concluded and going by the trends NDA candidate and BJP man Ram Nath Kovind looks to be a shoo-in for the post.

While speaking to a leading daily, NCP leader, Majeed Memon said that Kovind is not at all a known person and also he has not done any work. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, accompanied by ministers, welcomed Kovind and assured him of full support of state's representatives. Amid the heated environment of voting and speculations, every citizen of India is curious to know that out of the two who will be the next President of India.

With both Kovind and Kumar belonging to the Dalit community, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati expressed satisfaction that a Dalit leader would occupy office of the president irrespective of who won the poll.

"Every political party has kept in mind the dignity of this election". The EC also gave permission to five MLAs to vote in the Parliament in New Delhi.

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Parliamentary affairs minister HN Ananth Kumar later said that the meeting, held in the Parliament House Library building was also addressed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah and leaders of other alliance parties, including Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Shiromani Akali Dal's Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

The combined Opposition candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has appealed to the legislators to vote according to their conscience.

With President Pranab Mukherjee's term expiring on July 24 2017, the polling for presidential elections in India began on Monday (17 July) 10 am at 32 polling booths, one at the Parliament and other at State Legislative Assemblies; the pooling will last until 5 pm.

Recently, the TMC leadership had "severed ties" with the six rebel MLAs for their anti-party stand vis-à-vis the presidential elections. The BJP commands the most votes in parliament and in the states.

After completion of casting of votes, the ballot boxes will be taken by the observers to New Delhi by flight.

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