The NDA’s candidate for President, Ram Nath Kovind, will become India’s 14th President, having obtained 65.65 percent of votes from the electoral college. His opponent, the joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, lags far behind with a mere 34.35 percent.
Minutes after the results of the Presidential elections were declared today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted two group photographs that showed President-elect Ram Nath Kovind and himself. In one, both look much younger. The accompanying text reads: “20 years ago and the present… always been a privilege to know you, President Elect”.
20 years ago and the present…always been a privilege to know you, President Elect. pic.twitter.com/IkhnOtYf8N
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2017
“Kovind secured 2930 votes with a value of 7,02,044. Meira Kumar got 1,844 votes with the value of 3,67,314, and 77 votes were invalid,” said Anoop Mishra, the returning officer for the Presidential election 2017. Prime Minister Narendra Modi lavished praise on Kovind.
Kovind got the votes of 522 Members of Parliament while Kumar bagged the votes of 225 MPs. As many 771 elected MPs were eligible to cast their ballot. BJP president Amit Shah called Kovind’s win “historic”.
The NDA candidate’s victory against Kumar was a foregone conclusion because almost 40 parties, including many from outside the NDA fold, pledged to support him. From the get-go, Kovind was expected to win more than 60 percent of the votes.
Voting for the Presidential election was held on Monday. Counting began Thursday at 11 am. The presidential election saw close to 100 percent polling. A total of 771 members of Parliament and 4,109 legislators were eligible to cast votes.