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

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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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    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.

Updated Date: Jul 20, 2017 19:30:51 IST



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