Vice Presidential Election 2017 highlights: Venkaiah Naidu is NDA candidate, to file nomination tomorrow

The counting of votes for presidential elections 2017 will take place on 20 July in New Delhi where all the ballot boxes will be brought from various state capitals.

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Vice Presidential Election 2017 highlights: Venkaiah Naidu is NDA candidate, to file nomination tomorrow


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Meira Kumar represented Congress' dynasty culture: BJP

BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said there were many to say that it was indeed an ideological contest with the NDA's "merit-based" selection pitted against the dynasty promoted by the Congress-led alliance.

The Congress stood for "fake" slogans of Dalit empowerment as it did not field a Dalit when its candidate won the presidential elections in 2007 and 2012, he said.

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State-wise break up of votes

According to News18, Ram Nath Kovind got 27,189 votes from Andhra Pradesh while Meira Kumar got none. Fron Arunachal Pradesh, Kovind got 448 votes while Kumar got 24. From Assam, Kovind got 10,556 while Kumar got 460.

From Bihar, Kovind got 22,460 votes while Kumar got 18,867.

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Here's how Ram Nath Kovind as president will be beneficial to Narendra Modi govt

While Kovind's Dalit background may have been a reason for his elevation, the former Bihar Governor can also help the NDA to get his assent on key bills, especially through the ordinances route.

In the Monsoon Session this year, there are 79 bills which are to be passed in both the Houses of Parliament. With Kovind in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Modi government may look for the speedy passage of the bills.

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Vote according to conscience, Arvind Kejriwal tells MLAs  

While Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party has come out in support of Meira Kumar, there is a threat of 10-12 MLAs voting for Ram Nath Kovind. However Kejriwal told the Delhi Assembly,  "We are supporting Meira Kumar (Opposition presidential candidate). All should vote following their conscience."



July 20, 2017 - 19:16 (IST)

Sumitra Mahajan expresses hope that Kovind will work for all

July 20, 2017 - 19:06 (IST)

Kovind's victory marks an important milestone in political history: Mufti

July 20, 2017 - 18:36 (IST)

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal congratulates Kovind over phone

July 20, 2017 - 18:12 (IST)

How easy was it for Ram Nath Kovind to win the election?

July 20, 2017 - 18:07 (IST)

PM Modi felicitates Kovind

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Pranab Mukherjee sends his wishes to Kovind

July 20, 2017 - 17:52 (IST)

In pictures: Modi meets Kovind and congratulates him for the win

July 20, 2017 - 17:50 (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Ram Nath Kovind

July 20, 2017 - 17:44 (IST)

A wave of joy sweeps Kovind's hometown

From burning lamps using ghee, distributing sweets to welcoming guests with 'gulaal' and flowers, a festive spirit permeated the atmosphere in Jhinjhak, 160 kilometres from Lucknow. Family members of the newly-elected president, who will go to Delhi by train on 23 July, have already started buying clothes for the swearing in ceremony.

July 20, 2017 - 17:40 (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind is known for his organisational skills and easy demeanor

Stepping away from quietude to the spotlight of constant scrutiny that comes with being the country's first citizen, Kovind was picked for the job by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from Raj Bhavan in Patna, where he had struck an easy working relationship with Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

It was perhaps Kovind's non-confrontational approach to politics that led the JD(U) chief to back him for the president's office even though he had been critical of his appointment as the governor, but later it led to the curious situation of the party endorsing the opposition's candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the vice president's post.

This easy demeanour has stood the Kanpur-born former lawyer in good stead, say political watchers. He is not just a Dalit leader, but is known for his organisational skills and is a loyal member of the BJP, attributes that not many in the larger NDA family can boast of.


The stage is all set for the election of the 14th President of India in a contest in which National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind has a clear edge in the electoral college over the opposition nominee Meira Kumar.

The total value of votes of the electoral college is 10,98,903, and the NDA candidate is slated to cross the halfway-mark and get about 63 per cent votes.

Kovind, who belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has the backing of all the party's allies besides several regional parties, while Kumar has been fielded by the Congress and some major opposition parties in what they call an "ideological battle" against the ruling party.

Both Kovind and Kumar are from the Dalit community and have canvassed hard by visiting states to seek support of legislators.

Vice Presidential Election 2017 highlights Venkaiah Naidu is NDA candidate to file nomination tomorrow

Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and BJP Senior leader LK Advani. PTI

All arrangements have been completed for the presidential election, and polling will take place in Parliament House and respective state assemblies between 10 am and 5 pm. Elected members of both houses of Parliament and assemblies in states, including the National Capital Region of Delhi and the Union Territory of Puducherry, are eligible to vote.

In a last-minute appeal ahead of Monday's election, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday urged members to "vote their conscience" while attacking the Narendra Modi government for trying to impose "narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision" on the country.

Addressing a meeting of several Opposition parties on the eve of the poll, she said the election represented "a clash of ideas" and "a conflict of disparate values".

Modi, on the other hand, said NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind had the support of 40 parties and expressed confidence about his victory. The prime minister urged the alliance lawmakers, including legislators in the states, to cast their ballots.

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.

Kumar said Modi noted that chief ministers of Odisha, Bihar, Telangana and Tamil Nadu had extended their support to Kovind.

Modi was quoted as saying that there was "clarity" about the presidential poll and the "road ahead is also clear". Before addressing NDA MPs, Modi also addressed a meeting of BJP parliamentary party executive committee.

Those present included party leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, M Venkaiah Naidu, Ananth Kumar and Thawar Chand Gehlot, besides Shah. Modi asked them to ensure the presence of MPs during the House proceedings.

Since the election is through a secret ballot, the parties cannot round up their members and make sure they vote for a particular candidate. Election for the next President of India begins today: NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind is pitted against Opposition nominee Meira Kumar.

The counting of votes will take place on 20 July in New Delhi where all the ballot boxes will be brought from various state capitals.

The electorate, comprising elected Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members and members of state Assemblies, is tilted in favour of the NDA, but the Opposition is still working to seek support of some regional parties in favour of their candidate.

The NDA, led by the BJP, has 5,37,683 votes, which includes the Shiv Sena. They're short by around 12,000 votes. But promised support from the BJD, the TRS and the YSR Congress and likely backing from the AIADMK factions could offset the shortfall of the presidential votes by a substantial margin.

Alluding to the NDA nominee having an edge in both elections, Sonia said: "...the numbers may be against us. But the battle must be fought and fought hard. We cannot and must not let India be hostage to those who wish to impose upon it a narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision."

"This election represents a clash of ideas, a conflict of disparate values. The election demands a vote of conscience to preserve the India that the Mahatma and that illustrious generation of freedom fighters, joined by thousands upon thousands of ordinary men and women, fought for," she added.

Noting that both the president and vice-president were entrusted to discharge the duties in a manner that preserves, protects and defends both the Constitution and the law, "both of these are, sadly, under siege today", she said: "We must ensure, therefore, that the best minds and the best servants of India stand at the helm."

Monsoon Session begins today

The day also marks the beginning of the Monsoon Session which is expected to be stormy with the Opposition parties all set to corner the government over a range of issues concerning national security, foreign policy and other domestic matters while the ruling alliance is gearing up to counter the onslaught on it.

Opposition parties are expected to raise the military stand-off with China, though in a restrained manner, the law and order situation in Kashmir in the wake of the recent terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims and incidents of lynching over beef controversy and suicide of farmers in some states.

The Opposition parties that include the Congress, CPM, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party, BSP, Janata Dal-United, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and DMK among others, have already clarified that besides the elections of the president and vice-president, they will coordinate on the Parliament floor to corner the government.

With inputs from agencies

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