New Delhi, July 17, 2017: The voting to elect 14th President of India began on Monday morning.
All elected MPs and a member of Legislative Assemblies are eligible to cast their vote to elect the successor of Pranab Mukherjee, who demits office on July 25.
There are two candidates in the fray for the coveted post- National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Meira Kumar.
According to reports, Kovind is set to get 70 per cent votes. Both candidates belong to Dalit community. In a big setback to Opposition unity, JD(U) led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had supported Kovind’s candidature.
Kovind is a former Bihar Governor and Meira Kumar held the position of Lok Sabha Speaker. Kovind filed his nomination for the election on June 23, 2017. The poll result will be announced on July 20.
The counting of votes will take place on 20 July in New Delhi where all the ballot boxes will be brought from various state capitals.
- Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath reached UP Assembly in Lok Sabha to cast his vote.
- Pictures from Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly where MLAs are queuing up to cast their votes to elect the next President of India.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP President Amit Shah cast their votes at the Parliament. Earlier, The Prime Minister addressed the media after reaching the Parliament and spoke on the upcoming Monsoon session in the Parliament. “Today the Monsoon Session begins. Like the Monsoon brings hope, this session also brings same spirit of hope,” PM Modi said. “This session gives the country an opportunity to elect the president and the vice president,” he added.