Presidential Election 2017: Numbers favour Ram Nath Kovind, Opposition playing catch up

New Delhi: The numbers seem to be in favour of Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA nominee for the post of the President of India.

File image of Ram Nath Kovind. Twitter@AIR

File image of Ram Nath Kovind. Twitter@AIR

With the BJD, a faction of the AIADMK, the YSR Congress and the TRS extending support, the prospects of sending Kovind to the Rashtrapati Bhavan have brightened.

The total strength of the electoral college which votes to elect the president comprises all elected MPs and members of legislative Assemblies of all states and Union Territories of Delhi and Puducherry.

The total comes to 10,98,903 votes with each MP carrying a vote value of 708. The vote weight of an MLA depends on the population of the state he or she represents.

A candidate needs 50 percent plus votes to win the poll. Halfway mark comes at 5,49,452.

The NDA, led by the BJP, has 5,37,683 votes and this is including the Shiv Sena. If at all, the Sena decides to vote against the NDA nominee, then the NDA's voteshare minus the Shiv Sena would be around 5,11,790 votes.

With the BJD, a faction of the AIADMK, the TRS and the YSRC firmly behind the BJP, its vote share would come to nearly 8,83,578: Much more than the 50 percent plus mark.

The voting for the president's position is through a secret ballot, and party whip does not apply. In the last elections, incumbent Pranab Mukherjee had won by a margin of 3,97,776 votes defeating PA Sangma. He garnered 7,13,763 votes against 3,15,987 of Sangma, who passed away last year.

Updated Date: Jun 20, 2017 18:23 PM

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