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
  • 19:16 (IST)

    Sumitra Mahajan expresses hope that Kovind will work for all

  • 19:06 (IST)

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

  • 18:36 (IST)

    Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal congratulates Kovind over phone

  • 18:12 (IST)

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

  • 18:07 (IST)

    PM Modi felicitates Kovind

  • 18:00 (IST)

    Pranab Mukherjee sends his wishes to Kovind

  • 17:52 (IST)

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

  • 17:50 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Ram Nath Kovind

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 17:34 (IST)

    Devendra Fadnavis sends his wishes

  • 17:32 (IST)

    Never aspired to be the president: Ram Nath Kovind

    After his landslide win, Ram Nath Kovind said that he never aspired to become the president of India and his win is a message to those discharging their duties with integrity.

  • 17:20 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar congratulates Ram Nath Kovind

  • 17:18 (IST)

    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.

  • 17:17 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath and Nitin Gadkari congratulate Kovind

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Watch Meira Kumar's entire speech here

  • 17:09 (IST)

    Meira Kumar thanks everyone who voted for her

    "I want to thank all members of collegium who have voted for me and all those who unanimously made me a candidate in this election. I want to thank all the citizens who supported me," Kumar said.

  • 17:05 (IST)

    Here's a look at all the presidents of India

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    Meira Kumar congratulates Kovind, vows to continue fighting for secularism

  • 16:59 (IST)

    Watch Ram Nath Kovind's entire speech

  • 16:56 (IST)

    It is a very emotional moment for me: Ram Nath Kovind

    "I want to tell the people that Ram Nath Kovind is going to the Rashtrapati Bhawan as a representative of the poor," said Kovind. He added that protecting the Constitution is his responsibility now.

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Visuals from Ram Nath Kovind's house

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    Wishes pour in for Ram Nath Kovind

  • 16:43 (IST)

    Narendra Modi shares old picture with Kovind, says an honour to know him

  • 16:41 (IST)

    Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th President of India: All you need to know about him

    Kovind has a long career in politics behind him. He has headed the BJP's Dalit Morcha and is among one of the few Dalit faces the party could boast of in it's folds in north India. The party has also nominated him as its Rajya Sabha MP from the Hindi heartland twice in the past, where he enjoyed consecutive terms from 1994 for the next 12 year till March, 2006.

    Read the entire article here

  • 16:38 (IST)

    Narendra Modi congratulates Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar

  • 16:35 (IST)

    Win of Ram Nath Kovind is a victory for the poor: Amit Shah

  • 16:34 (IST)

    Ram Nath Kovind to be sworn in on 25 July

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    The final picture after the counting

  • 16:30 (IST)

    Ravi Shankar Prasad congratulates Kovind

  • 16:29 (IST)

    BJP workers celebrate Kovind's win

  • 16:25 (IST)

    Anoop Mishra announces the next President of India

  • 16:22 (IST)

    Ram Nath Kovind's hometown celebrates his win

  • 16:21 (IST)

    Here's the vote break-up

    Meira Kumar: 3,67,314

    Ram Nath Kovind: 7,02,044

    Total votes cast: 10,69,358

  • 16:19 (IST)

    Cross-voting in Gujarat, Assam, Goa, Maharashta and Uttar Pradesh helped Kovind win

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    Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th President of India

  • 16:10 (IST)

    Final count of the Presidential election

  • 16:09 (IST)

    Here's how Delhi voted

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    66% of votes in favour of Ram Nath Kovind

    CNN-News18 reported that 66% of the votes have been cast in favour of Ram Nath Kovind and 34% in favour of Meira Kumar.

  • 16:00 (IST)

    Omar Abdullah sends his wishes to Ram Nath Kovind

  • 15:57 (IST)

    Ram Nath Kovind crosses half way mark

    Ram Nath Kovind has crossed the half way mark as the last phase of counting is underway, ANI reported

  • 15:56 (IST)

    Vote break-up in Delhi

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    People offer prayers for Kovind's win

  • 15:52 (IST)

    Meira Kumar gets 55 votes in Delhi

    Ram Nath Kovind got six votes in Delhi while Meira Kumar got 55. Six of the votes were rejected.

  • 15:42 (IST)

    Kovind's village rejoices over his lead in the election

  • 15:27 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee sends early congratulations to Kovind

  • 15:16 (IST)

    Ram Nath Kovind leads by huge margin

    Ram Nath Kovind is leading with a handsome margin in the Presidential contest against Meira Kumar. He is expected to win the race for the top constitutional post given that the BJP and its allies have a majority in electoral college comprising Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assemblies of all states.A formal announcement of the winner is expected by 5 pm.


  • 15:10 (IST)

    Here's the final count after voting in Parliament and 11 states

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