Ram Nath Kovind Heads For Easy Win As Votes Are Counted | Read
20 Июля 2017, 07:22 | Katie Chavez
From a leaky mud hut to Rashtrapati Bhavan
As lawmakers vote to elect the 14th President of India today, experts say the result is nearly a foregone conclusion given the dominance of the electorate shown by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies.
He is also the second Dalit to occupy Rashtrapati Bhavan after K.R. Narayanan. Many even sent wishes for winning the election way before the results were announced.
Gadkari told ANI, "I congratulate Ramnath Kovind for his victory". A total of 776 members of Parliament and 4,120 legislators were eligible to cast votes.
In an electoral college, Ram Nath Kovind secured 2930 votes valued 2930 votes valued 702044, while, Meira Kumari managed to get only 1844 votes valued 367340. "I thank members of the electoral college", he tweeted.
Ram Nath Kovind is most probably said to be the next president of India. Kovind defeated her nearest and only rival Opposition candidate Meira with a huge margin. "One who is honest gets his due", Kovind said. The opposition unity shattered over the President candidature, the Samajawadi Party (SP) splits between Akhilesh and Mulayam, while the latter voted for NDA candidate, the former voting for UPA nominee.
In Gujarat, Kovind polled 132 vote (value 19,404) and Meira Kumar got 49 (value 7,203) out of a total of 181 (value 26,607).
According to India's National Human Rights Commission, every 18 minutes a crime is committed against a Dalit, with an average of three Dalit women raped and two murdered every day. Significantly, the voting was held on July 17 for the presidential election. Mr Kovind, who had just been declared President-elect, said the rain had reminded him of his home back in Uttar Pradesh's Paraukh village.
Likewise, 4083 out of 4109 eligible MLAs cast their votes, registering a turnout of almost 100 percent.
As both presidential candidates belong to a Dalit background, the election has been touted as being Dalit vs Dalit, however, Kumar has maintained that the election is a "battle of ideologies".
With the counting of votes to be completed by 5 pm, the name of the next President of India will be known today.
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