Decision on New President of India In Couple of Hours, Kovind Leading
New Delhi: Counting for electing the 14th President of India began on Thursday at 11 am. The new entrant to the Rashtrapati Bhavan will be one who can bag more than 50 percent of total votes. That it will be Ram Nath Kovind of the BJP is almost certain. Kovind was leading at the end of the first round of voting.
The sitting President Pranab Mukherjee will be demitting office on July 25.
Election for the post of the President was held on Monday and witnessed 99 percent voting. Congress-led Opposition nominated Meira Kumar is facing National Democratic Alliance candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Both Kovind and Meira Kumar belong to Dalit community and have visited various States and Union Territories for campaigning.
The name of Ram Nath Kovind, former Governor of Bihar, was announced as the NDA’s candidate for the President’s post by Amit Shah on June 19. Kovind, a BJP leader and politician hailing from UP, filed his nomination on June 23.
The ballot box of Parliament House was the first to be opened, followed by those from the States in an alphabetical order. Counting is going on four separate tables and involves eight rounds.
Results will be in the open around 5 pm. Numbers are in favour of Ram Nath Kovind. He is expected to easily cross the halfway-mark and get about 63 percent of votes.