Meira Kumar vs Ram Nath Kovind: Voting for Presidential Election Begins

Meira Kumar vs Ram Nath Kovind: Voting for Presidential Election Begins

The nation will get its new President on Thursday. After a meeting between the BJD MLAs/MPs with NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, Patnaik said: "My party is supporting Ram Nath Kovind as the presidential candidate".

It is reported by the media that the process of voting shall begin by 10 AM in the morning here today.

Modi was quoted as saying that there was "clarity" about the presidential poll and the "road ahead is also clear".

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Kovind's name was announced as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA's candidate by BJP president Amit Shah on June 19. Modi, clad in a beige colour sleeveless jacket over a white kurta-pyjama, reached the Parliament premises early to vote on Monday, also the first day of the over three-week monsoon session of Parliament.

Besides the members of parliament, which includes 233 from the Rajya Sabha (upper house) and 543 from the Lok Sabha (lower house), elected members of legislative assemblies in 29 states and seven union territories are empowered to cast their votes. He was spotted with an umbrella as there is cloudy weather in the city.

He dubbed them "new millennium voters" and called upon the MPs to organise programmes to honour them and make them aware about the worth of vote. The PM, Congress president Sonia and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will vote on table number 6 as they are all MPs from Uttar Pradesh.

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Notably, the total strength of the electoral college is 10,98,903 votes, with each Parliamentarian carrying a vote value of 708. Both Kovind and Kumar are from the Dalit community and have canvassed hard by visiting states to seek support of legislators.

The ballot boxes will be brought to Delhi for counting on July 20.

The candidate who secures at least one vote more than 50 per cent of the total votes will enter into the Majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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The 71-year-old is a two-time Rajya Sabha lawmaker who belongs to India's Dalit community, which has always been considered a minority caste in the country's complex societal structure. "It is important that we protect and preserve it", she said.

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