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Presidential election 2017 results highlights: Ram Nath Kovind defeats Meira Kumar, to become next President of India

The counting for the presidential election will start and the name of the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhawan would be known by 5.00 pm.

FP Staff July 20, 2017 16:13:09 IST
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Presidential election 2017 results highlights: Ram Nath Kovind defeats Meira Kumar, to become next President of India

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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."

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

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Ram Nath Kovind

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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.

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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.

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The counting for the presidential election held on Monday will start on Thursday and the name of the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhawan would be known by 5.00 pm, according to reports.

According to Lok Sabha secretary general Anoop Mishra, who is also the returning officer of the election, the counting would begin at 11 am. First, the ballot box of Parliament House would be opened, and then, the ballot boxes received from states would be counted on alphabetical basis.

Presidential election 2017 results highlights Ram Nath Kovind defeats Meira Kumar to become next President of India

Meira Kumar (left) and Ram Nath Kovind. Agencies

Officials said all preparations have been made for the vote count and that all ballot boxes have already reached Parliament House by Tuesday evening amid tight security, according to IANS.

The votes would be counted on four separate tables and there would be eight rounds of counting.

An Election Commission official who has witnessed previous two presidential polls said that usually, results are declared at around 5 pm.

Close to 99 percent voting was recorded for electing India's next president.

The numbers are stacked in favour of the ruling coalition's nominee Ram Nath Kovind over the Opposition's candidate Meira Kumar.

Thirty two polling stations including the one in Parliament house, were set up in various states.

Officials said the seals of ballot boxes will be opened on Thursday in the presence of representatives of the two candidates — former Bihar Governor Kovind and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar — and the observers of the Election Commission.

A total of 4,896 voters — 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs — were eligible to cast their ballot. MLCs of states with legislative council are not part of the electoral college.

While the value of an MLA's vote depends on the population of the state he or she belongs to, the value of an MP's vote remains the same at 708.

The total value of votes of the presidential electoral college is 10,98,903, and the NDA candidate is slated to get over 63 percent votes.

In the last presidential election in 2012, Pranab Mukherjee had defeated PA Sangma and got over 69 percent votes.

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