Published On: Thu, Jul 20th, 2017

With 65.65 percent of votes, Ram Nath Kovind is 14th Indian President

New Delhi: NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind was on Thursday elected the 14th President of India, defeating opposition nominee Meira Kumar after having obtained 65.65 percent of votes from the electoral college.

Kovind got the votes of 522 Members of Parliament while Kumar bagged the votes of 225 MPs

His opponent, the joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, lags far behind with a mere 34.35 percent.

Kovind got the votes of 522 Members of Parliament while Kumar bagged the votes of 225 MPs.

In an electoral college of 4,986 voters with a vote value of 10,98,903, Kovind got 2,930 votes carrying a value of 7,00,244, while the former Lok Sabha Speaker secured 1,844 votes with a value of 3,67,314.

The non-NDA parties that supported Kovind included the AIADMK, the Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party, the Biju Janata Dal, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Indian National Lok Dal. Significantly, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (U) also supported Kovind, going against its Bihar ‘grand alliance’ partners comprising the Congress and Lalu Prasad’s RJD.

The NDA candidate’s victory against Kumar was a foregone conclusion as around 40 parties, including many from outside the NDA fold, pledged to support him.

Announcing the election of Kovind as the 14th President, Returning Officer and Lok Sabha Secretary General Anoop Mishra said Kovind had got the required votes under the quota allotted to him in the transferable vote system under the Presidential and Vice Presidential Elections Act.

“I declare Ram Nath Kovind as duly elected to the Office of President,” he said.

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