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Presidential Election 2017: Ram Nath Kovind Vs Meira Kumar; Voting Begins

17 July 2017, 05:24 | Rufus Hill

Presidential polls 2017: EC's special violet pens being used for casting of votes

1,581 MPs with criminal background will elect next President of India

In a last-minute appeal ahead of Monday's presidential election, Congress President Sonia Gandhi called for "conscience vote" while attacking the Narendra Modi government for trying to impose "narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision" on the country. Of that 93 were rejected and Ramnath Kovind and Meria Kumar for selected for the opposition.

NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind holds the edge moving into the presidential battle, as the Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies dominate the electoral college.

A united Opposition initially had a razor-thin edge, but BJP president Amit Shah's deft handling brought many regional parties to support Kovind.

Asked about the party not being present at the meeting, JD-U leader K.C. Tyagi told IANS that it was not a boycott and party leader Sharad Yadav had earlier met Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Addressing the representatives assembled at the CM's residence, Kovind enumerated his priorities if he becomes president of the India. The Assistant Returning Officers will also furnish an account of the total votes cast in their states.

In any Presidential election, only the elected MPs (from both Houses) and MLAs from state assemblies, including Delhi and Puducherry, are eligible to cast their votes. Of the total 10,98,903 value assigned to the votes, the NDA candidate is slated to cross the halfwaymark and get about 63 per cent votes.

This Thursday, we saw Ram Nath Kovind address the MLAs and MPs of Rajasthan at the chief minister's official residence.

NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind will visit Gujarat tomorrow as part of his nation-wide tour to seek support from elected representatives. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who are yet to resign from the Lok Sabha, voted in the respective Assemblies.

"Only these pens can be used for marking the votes".

In the 2012 elections, Pranab Mukherjee garnered 7,13,763 votes, while Pratibha Patil secured 6,38,116 votes in the previous polls in 2007. The country's 14th President will assume office at Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 25. The Election Commission will also provide violet pens for the MLAs and MPs to mark their votes for the two candidates who are contesting this Presidential election.

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