Polling For Electing The New President Of India Concludes

An overwhelming majority of voters exercised their franchise for choosing the 14th President of India. A few of them missed out, mainly because either they were indisposed or were outside the country.

New Delhi: Elections to elect the successor of incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee concluded on Monday at sharp 5 pm in Parliament at Delhi and all the 28 Assemblies and two Union Territories. Polling had commended at 10 am on the day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to cast his vote at the Parliament Hall. Counting will take place on Thursday.

NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind appears all set to win with a comfortable margin against his rival Meira Kumar of the combined Opposition.  Incidentally, on Sunday, the eve of the Presidential election, Prime Minister had congratulated Ram Nath Kovind “in advance.”

MPs were given green ballot papers for voting and MLAs got pink ones. Votes were polled using only the specific ink-filled special pens provided by Election Commission of India. Invalid votes, if any, will be known once votes are counted on the 20th.

Law makers voted in a total number of 32 polling centres. Thirty-three officials acted as observers. Fifty-five MPs had taken special permission from the EC to cast their votes in their respective State legislatures.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the State’s Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Mourya, apart from Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar are among the 55. All the three are continuing as MPs, pending their election from their respective States. Five MLAs voted in the Parliament, while four voted in other State Assemblies.

All ballot boxes from each State and Union Territory will be airlifted to Delhi on Tuesday for counting.

An overwhelming majority of 4,896 voters, comprising the Electoral College for electing the new President, exercised their franchise. A few of them could not. For example, in Telangana, AIMIM Floor Leader Akbaruddin Owaisi and TRS MLA Manohar Reddy did not participate in the polling. While Manohar is undergoing treatment in Apollo Hospitals at Hyderabad, Akbaruddin is in London.

Nominated members, comprising two Anglo-Indians members of the Lok Sabha and 12 of the Rajya Sabha, could not vote, as they are ineligible from exercising their franchise for Presidential elections. Members of State Councils too do not have a right to vote in these polls.

As elections are held through a secret ballot, no party issued a whip asking its members to vote for either Ram Nath Kovind or Meira Kumar. Though no candidate is expected to reveal who they have voted for, some of them did, though privately.

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US Congratulates Indian President-Elect Ram Nath Kovind

America looks forward to working with the new President on regional and global issues.

Washington: The United States of America has congratulated President-elect Ram Nath Kovind on his electoral victory. It said it “looks forward” to working with him on regional and global issues.

Kovind, a low-key politician, was elected on Thursday as India’s 14th President, the first BJP member and second Dalit to occupy the country’s highest Constitutional office.

“We want to congratulate the President-elect on his victory,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on Thursday. She underlined the “deep and growing strategic partnership” the two countries had with each other.

Heather asserted that relations between India and America are on a progressive path and expressed hope that they will strengthen further. She also appreciated close people-to-people contact between the world’s two largest democracies, which shared democratic values.

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Jagan, Naidu Compete To Woo Kovind

Jagan in Hyderabad, Naidu at Amaravati tried their best to woo NDA Presidential candidate Kovind during his visit on Tuesday.

Hyderabad: Tug of war between main parties in Andhra Pradesh was seen on Tuesday to woo the NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, one at Hyderabad and the other at Vijaywada.

Kovind visited Telugu states as a part of his campaign on Tuesday and met TRS. YSRCP, BJP, TDP party representatives and addressed them.

Kovind said that the office of President should be kept above petty politics and said that he will uphold the highest dignity of the prestigious office.

YSRCP President, Jagan, who seized the first opportunity, surprisingly touched the feet of Kovind at Park Hyatt Hotel who felt that the elections for President and Speaker should be unanimous and that is the reason they supported NDA prior to finalising the candidate.

In Vijayawada, Kovind along with Union Minister Venkiah Naidu met AP CM Naidu and performed puja at TTD. Kovind paid tributes to late NT Rama rao and recalled that he is a great actor and politician.

“For the President, the constitution is , Geetha, Quran, Ramayan and Bible, it is only the guide book by which the President is supposed to work” Kovind Said.

AP CM Naidu praised Kovind by saying he is a non-controversial person in BJP from past 26 years and it is their fortune to vote for Kovind during Presidential elections.

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Presidential-Poll: Grand Reception for NDA Candidate Ram Nath Kovind In Telangana

KCR has made it clear that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi is providing full support to the NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

Hyderabad: NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Hyderabad City on Tuesday, a day after opposition parties’ candidate Meira Kumar had visited the city as part of her campaign.

Kovind met TRS MLAs and MPs at a meeting organised at Jala Vihar. Speaking on the occasion, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao made it clear that his party is completely supporting the NDA candidate. He sought the blessings of Ram Nath for development of the State. It may be recalled that Meira Kumar had disclosed on Monday that opposition parties had strategies to obtain support from the TRS.

The Chief Minister reminded that Telangana was formed on June 2, 2014, when the State was facing many problems. However, the State could overcome severe power crisis within a short time. Saying that Telangana has now emerged as a welfare State, he pointed out that the government is giving pensions to nearly 30 lakh people.

Later, the Chief Minister hosted lunch in honour of Kovind. Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Bandaru Dattatreya and many BJP leaders, TRS MPs, MLAs and other important leaders and functionaries participated in it.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu thanked TRS and the Chief Minister for supporting the NDA candidate. Heaping praises on TRS for being the first non-NDA party to announce support for Kovind, Venkaiah Naidu said the NDA candidate is apolitical and has experience to fulfil the Constitutional obligations, as he had functioned as a Governor.

Kovind will later be travelling to Vijayawada to seek support from legislators and MPs of Andhra Pradesh.

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Presidential Elections: Do The Lawmakers Know How To Vote? Here Is How!

The parliamentarians and the legislators have to reckon with the constitution and their conscience. The constitution provides opportunity for the electors to vote freely without fear of anti-defection law or the whip of the party leadership.
Presidential Elections: Do The Lawmakers Know How To Vote? Here Is How

Madabhushi Sridhar

Legislators and Parliamentarians have to elect the President according to their individual conscience and our Constitution. They have to hear the call of conscience, understand the constitutional responsibilities of President and find out how to cast valid vote avoiding shame of invalidation of his vote. The people directly elect their representatives. The directly elected are electors to directly elect the head of the nation. Very interestingly, the elected electors are free to elect any candidate. The anti-defection law will not apply and the MPs or MLAs need not fear the whip. Whips cannot be issued by the Legislature and Parliamentary party leaders.  But the million dollar question is how many MPs and MLAs know how to vote for next President.  In the last elections held in 2012 there is a record 15 invalid votes among MPs and 54 among MLAs.  Most of our graduates and teachers failed to cast valid votes in MLC elections while some votes were invalid in Rajya Sabha polls also. There should be training for these law makers about our supreme law – the Constitution of India.

President has to promise to protect Constitution

The President is required to make and subscribe in the presence of the Chief Justice of India (or in his absence, the senior-most Judge of the Supreme Court), an oath or affirmation that he/she shall protect, preserve and defend the Constitution as follows:

I, (name), do swear in the name of God (or solemnly affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President (or discharge the functions of the President) of the Republic of India, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the law, and that I will devote myself to the service and well-being of the people of the Republic of India. (Article 60)

Indira Gandhi’s call for Conscience Vote

After nominating Neelam Sanjeev Reddy as Congress nominee for Presidential position, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi asked MPs to vote by conscience. That indicated that she changed her mind and supported the other candidate V V Giri, who was ultimately elected. The Congress MPs voted non-Congress candidate as conscience (!) drove them so. Indira Gandhi has, in fact, called her MPs to defy the party discipline. There were no anti-defection disqualifications at that time as tenth Schedule was not added to the Constitution by then. But Indira Gandhi’s call to defy party candidate acted like a ‘whip’ and MPs overwhelmingly voted non-Congress candidate Giri, defeating the official candidate.  However, the voting in President’s Election has to be strictly a secret process. None knows who voted whom, and there is no disqualification threat.

No challenge to Rajendra Prasad

Though party discipline demands that all MPs should go by the line of the party, cross voting is not ruled out. Depending on situations, it was engineered, example is again Giri’s election.

Almost all elections, except two, were challenged by the defeated candidates. First election of Rajendra Prasad was not challenged by Mr K T Shah, a renowned personality who contributed in making of Indian Constitution. However, Prasad’s election second time was challenged. However it was rejected [Dr N B Khare vs Election Commission – AIR 1958 SC 139]. Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishna and Pratibha Patil’s elections also remained unquestioned. The election petition against the President can be heard only by five-member bench of the Supreme Court.

Zakir Hussain: Canvassing is not undue influence

Babu Rao Patel alleged undue influence exerted by the PM and cabinet ministers by openly canvassing for Zakir Hussain and thus there was no free conscience vote as mandated by Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections Act, 1952 was violated. Supreme Court did not agree and rejected the petition saying canvassing could not be considered as ‘undue influence’. [AIR 1968 SC 904]. As Zakir Hussain suddenly died in 1969, election to President became essential.

Scurrilous Pamphlet against Sanjeev Reddy

Indira Gandhi was at logger heads with the traditional leadership of the Congress  (Old guards) and fielded Vice President V V Giri against the N Sanjiv Reddy, the candidate of the high command.  In this election only she gave a call for ‘conscience driven vote’ by MPs. Mr Shiv Kirpal Singh alleged that Indira Gandhi and her ministerial colleagues misused their authority in Central Government to get VV Giri elected. One of the contentions against election was that a pamphlet containing scurrilous and vulgar allegations was circulated openly in the Central Hall of Parliament. The pamphlet also said that Reddy would destroy democracy with his dictatorial methods. As the ‘connivance’ or ‘consent’ of Giri in the printing and circulation of the pamphlet was not established, the petition was defeated. Supreme Court for the first time asked President to answer the allegations. SC could not find enough evidence to say that there was misuse of official machinery, and petition was thrown out [AIR 1970 SC 2097].

Sahu challenges many a President

After this one Mr Charan Lal Sahu was contesting every election and unsuccessfully challenging the elections to the office of President. The petitions against election of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, N Sanjiva Reddy and Giani Zail Singh rejected. This petitioner himself challenged elections of KR Narayanan and APJ Abdul Kalam. The SC has angrily warned him against non-serious contest and subsequent challenge to the office of President.  The election of Shankar Dayal Sharma and R Venkataraman were also challenged by Mithilesh Kumar Sinha, without success.

Suitability issue in Zail Singh Election

The BJP, Lok Dal, Democratic Socialist Party of India and Janata Party having strength of 27 MPs together fielded Justice Hans Raj Khanna against the Congress candidate Zail Singh. Main allegation by MPs against Zail Singh was that official machinery was misused at massive scale. They also alleged that Zail Singh was not suitable to the highest office as he proclaimed loyalty to Indira Gandhi by saying he was ready to sweep the floor with broom if she commanded so.

Former Chief Justice of India M H Beg, has posed a counter challenge to suitability of his former colleague Justice Khanna to contest the election for Presidentship. During emergency Beg was with majority decision in ADM Jabalpur case, that fundamental rights can be suspended while Khanna gave historic dissent saying right to life and personal liberty cannot be suspended during emergency. Mr Beg tried to make out points of defects in Khanna’s dissent order and alleged that made him unsuitable. Beg became chairman of Minorities Commission in 1982.  Deciding on the point of suitability, the Supreme Court said: “Suitability of a candidate is for the electorate to judge and not for the court to decide. Suitability is a fluid concept of uncertain import. The ballot box is, or has to be assumed to be, its sole judge.” How can anybody define or decide on suitability which is a fluid concept. The apex court dismissed the petition [1984 (1) SCC 390]

Pranab Mukherjee: Office of Profit issue

Recently the election of Pranab Mukherjee was also challenged by former speaker P A Sangma who contested the election.  He alleged that Mukherjee held an office of profit being chairman of the council of Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata. Parliament had found it to be an office of profit and included it among exempted ones to prevent disqualification of MPs. That post was indeed an office profit. Three judges held that he was not having any profit from office hence not disqualified. But two judges held otherwise. They said on December 11, 2012: “Categorising it as an office of profit did not really make it one, since it did not provide any profit and was purely honorary in nature.” Pranab Mukherjee scraped through to Rashtrapathi Bhawan.

Who is eligible to contest?

A citizen, completing 35 years of age, eligible to become a member of Lok Sabha, without holding office of profit either at Center or in states is eligible to contest to this top position.

Now for President 108 have filed nominations but only nominations of Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar were found valid. The list of valid voters is available at (www.eci.nic.in/eci_main1/Presidential_Election/data/ElectoralCollege_en.pdf.)

Article 55

The election is held in accordance to the system of Proportional representation by means of the Single transferable vote method. The voting takes place by secret ballot system. The manner of election of President is provided by Article 55 of the Constitution.

Electoral College

President is indirectly elected by elected MPs and MLAs, who constitute an electoral college. Nomination paper of a candidate has to be signed by at least 50 eligible voters as proposers and at least 50 eligible voters should second it. One voter cannot second more than one candidate. Generally one voter’s vote has value of only one vote. But in the Presidential election, the value of the MP vote is different from the value of a MLA vote. The value of a MLA vote from one state differs from the value of the MLA vote of another state. Before each such election, the Election Commission notifies the total value of all the votes based on vacancies etc at that point in time.

Value of votes

The value of votes of electors (voters) is basically determined on the basis of population of the States. By 84th Amendment to Constitution the population of the States for the purpose of this calculation will mean the population as per the 1971 census.

Value of MLA

The value of the vote of each MLA is calculated by dividing the population of the State as per 1971 Census, by the total number of elected members of the respective state assembly, and then to divide the quotient by 1000. Total Value of all members of each State Assembly is obtained by multiplying the number of seats in the Assembly by the number of votes for each member. If Telangana is taken as example: Number of MLAs 119, Population as per 1971 census is 1.57 crore. Value of each MLA is 1,57 crore divided by 119 multiplied by 1000 = 132. Thus the total value of votes of all Telangana MLAs is 119 x  132 = 15,708. The total value of the MLA votes is 5,49,495. The value of a MLA vote in individual states is given in the table below.

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Ram Nath Kovind Campaign In Southern States From July 1

While joint opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar launched her campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Friday, NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind who already launched his campaign and has been touring various States, will be touring in Southern States from Saturday.

New Delhi: As the race for President picks up the pace, NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind will be visiting the Southern States from July 1. Though the win of NDA candidate is said to be certain, Kovind personally will interact with legislators of various political parties who supported his candidature.

As both ruling and opposition parties in few States like Telangana and Andhra Pradesh announced support to him, Kovind will speak to the MPs and MLAs of these States separately.

More Independents and smaller parties, including the INLD in Haryana, are lending their support to Kovind.

According to the schedule that was announced, Kovind will be in Chennai on July 1. He will be meeting both factions of AIADMK separately. Other parties supporting his candidature would also attend the meetings said party sources. Both the factions of AIADMK announced their support to Kovind for the country’s top Constitutional post.

The former Bihar governor will be arriving in Telangana on July 4. It is known that ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) announced its support to his candidature. Later he will be travelling to Andhra Pradesh.

He will be in Karnataka on July 5, said BJP sources.

He will be accompanied by Union Minister J P Nadda and BJP general secretary Muralidhar Rao during his visit to Tamil Nadu and by Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu, besides Rao, in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Union Ministers Thawar Chand Gehlot and Ananth Kumar, besides BJP general secretary Saroj Pandey, will accompany him during his meetings with the lawmakers in Karnataka. The MPs and MLAs supporting Kovind’s candidature in Kerala and Puducherry will be part of his Chennai meetings.

Around 21 CMs and 30 political parties announced their support to Kovind. Even Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who was a part of the united opposition, extended his support to Kovind instead of the joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar.

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Dalit President Alone Can’t Empower Dalits, Adivasis

Selecting Ram Nath Kovind as a Presidential candidate and even electing him to the highest constitutional office will not help the Dalits, Adivasis, women and OBCs unless the NDA Government implements laws and schemes meant to protect them from oppression, discrimination and atrocities, argues the senior journalist and commentator.
Dalit President Alone Can’t Empower Dalits, Adivasis

Mallepalli Laxmaiah

“During the elections they had declared that we all are Hindus, just for the sake of votes. After the elections they treat us worse than slaves. This is the reason we are now leaving the Hindu fold to convert to Buddhism. When the Thakurs attacked, the government has imprisoned us instead of helping us. The Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath being a Thakur makes us more vulnerable  from the Thakur community.” These were the words of a 25 year-old Dalit activist from Sahranpur, Narendra Goutham.

Dalits from Sahranpur had taken the idols of Hindu gods and goddesses, of whom they were previously devotees, from their homes and threw them into the canals to take up Buddhism. What was the reason behind this drastic action by them? Seven decades after independence Dalits still face discrimination and oppression. Democratically elected parties are under the control of the oppressive Hindu majority who are also economically and socially more powerful. Even though the government is taking actions and coming up with schemes in the name of Dalit empowerment they have not been able to do anything to stop the continuous assaults on Dalits, constant discrimination and caste based violence. Moreover, there has been a steady rise in violence against Dalits and in the discrimination faced by dalits. One must understand the actions of the Dalits in Sahranpur against this background.

In Shabbirpur village of Sahranpur district, twenty five houses belonging to Dalits had been burnt down by the Thakurs and the Dalits lost all that they owned that day. The landholding Thakurs did not allow the erection of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s statue by the Dalits. Further, they had not allowed them to place that statue inside the Ravidas Temple which was in the Dalit locality. On top of that, they had led a procession of Rana Pratap Singh on May 5th through the Dalit locality raising slogans, “Ambedkar murdabad.” On receiving the complaint, the policemen had attempted to stop the procession, but according to a preconceived plan the Thakurs had enmasse attacked the Dalit households with deadly weapons in which a few policemen were also injured. The Thakurs then proceeded to burn down the houses in the Dalit neighborhood and molested and groped the dalit women. They also proceeded to destroy five shops belonging to Dalits from the neighbouring village Maheshpur. The police, however, till date have not taken any action against the Thakurs involved in the “clashes”.

On May 21st, a protest demonstration in Jantarmantar, Delhi, by the Bhim Army did not get any response from the government but held Chandrashekar Ravan of Bhim Army responsible for the May 5th incident and had placed him under arrest. Chandrashekar had started the Bhim army for imparting education to Dalit children with over 300 schools in Saharanpur district. Chandrashekar’s arrest had complicated  the situation for the Dalits in Saharanpur. They had elected Chandrashekar’s mother, Kamalesh Devi, as the new head of the Bhim Army. She had led another procession in Delhi’s Jantarmantar on June 18th, calling for action from the government. Despite police blockades and arrests of hundreds of Dalits, a large number of Dalits had thronged Jantar Mantar to attend the procession. Centre and State governments were not successful in preventing the success of the procession. With an urge  to end thousands of years of discrimination and slavery, and  tearing themselves away from Hindu fold which has been breeding the same oppression and discrimination, Sahranpur Dalits had gone a step further by following Ambedkar and taking to Buddhism.

The BJP which holds power in the Centre and many other states has brought out a new strategy instead of taking measures to protect the Dalit population and their dignity, which was announcing a Dalit, Ram Nath Kovind as the presidential candidate. This action by the BJP is welcome because a Dalit in the higher echelons of politics would bring about a sense of protection and confidence among the Dalit community. K.R. Narayanan had left a mark on the nation’s politics in the past. It must, however, be noted that the President plays a minimal role in the functioning of the country. Though BJP’s decision is a step forward, it is unwise to assume that this would end all problems faced by the Dalits. The central government must take specific measures to solving problems of the Dalits, especially the violence against Dalits. Election of a Dalit President will bring about nothing if there is no minimum protection of the rights of dalits.

For the past 3 years, Modi’s Government had not done much for Dalit welfare. Dalits have not gotten adequate budget allocation nor are the allocated funds being used properly. For the past three years no schemes have been made targeting Dalits, Tribals and backward classes. Modi’s interview on  15 September 2016 to News 18 channel throws light on his thoughts and perspective on issues of Caste problems, attacks on Dalits. “Our culture is thousands of years old,” he said, “there are some inequalities. We should deal with them intelligently. This is a social problem and a deep rooted one.” He did not, however, speak about untouchability or caste discrimination. He further said that there are lesser atrocities committed against Dalits under the BJP rule than the previous governments. This statement is far from the truth. Under the NDA rule there was a rise in crimes against Dalit women and men. In 2012, the total number of reported crimes against Dalits was 33,655; in 2013 it rose to 39, 408; 2015 saw a total number of 45,003. In 2012,  651 Dalits were murdered, in 2013, they rose to 676, in 2015 the number rose to 707. Crimes against Dalit women in 2012 were 1,570, 2013 saw a rise to 2,073, in 2015 they rose to 2,326. This information is publicly available in the NCRB website. Our Prime Minister quite deliberately and blatantly propagated an absolute lie. His nonchalant attitude towards the Dalit community can be clearly seen from this statement.

In the same interview, Modi had promised that he would strive for the protection and development of Dalits, Adivasis, women and other backward classes. For the past three years Modi’s government had rolled out schemes and programmes like, Digital India, Make In India, Skill India, Startup-standup, Power Sector, Highways, Cleaning the Ganga, Jan-Dhan and Demonetization, among various others. None of which were to honour the commitment he made in his interview. Moreover he had scrapped the SC/ST Sub-Plan which was working for the past 45 years. The ongoing movement for the proper allocation of the plan funds and accountability fell on deaf ears. This year saw a cut in the post matriculation scholarship that was to be allocated to the states. Scholarships in universities also saw a considerable cut among other schemes and allocations of funds that were cut short, this is the reality.

Social and tribal welfare programmes are intertwined with educational programmes and employment programmes, followed closely by economic and self-employment programmes. No such programmes can be seen in the present rule. Moreover there has been a steady rise in oppression of dalit, minority, women and tribal students in higher education. Rohit Vemula’s forced suicide was a result of such oppression. Student protests all over the country are being ignored by the government.

In the name of large scale projects many scheduled caste and scheduled tribe populations are being evacuated and made homeless. They are being hurled away from their homes, cultures and their projects. The tribal communities are losing their indigenous identities and are being “relocated” in what is uninhabitable environment for them.

BJP’s Presidential Candidate Ram Nath Kovind belongs to the Kol community. The Kol community was predominantly artisan community. However, they now have to resort to being agricultural labourers due to loss of their livelihood. The Government must take measures to protect the livelihood of these communities. Presidential nomination of Ram Nath Kovind is not enough. Real empowerment of Dalit comes from their protection from oppression, discrimination and atrocities. Granting posts to some members of the community cannot be seen as development. The sooner the government understands this, the better for the Dalits.

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  1. June 30, 2017

    […] Meira announced that she would launch her campaign from Sabarmati, after filing her nomination papers on Wednesday. She also declared that it is not Dalit vs Dalit contest but a war of ideologies. Even the Congress chief reiterated her statement.   More: Dalit President Alone Can’t Empower Dalits, Adivasis […]

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Kovind Files 3 Sets of Nominations for President’s Post

The NDA used the occasion of Ram Nath Kovind’s filing of nomination for Presidential post, to show off their strength and unity with a galaxy of leaders present at the event.

New Delhi: The Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind of NDA filed his nomination papers on Friday. The NDA used the occasion to show off its strength.

Along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several top leaders of the BJP including veteran leader LK Advani and party president Amit Shah accompanied Ram Nath Kovind as he filed nomination papers on Friday. Along with them, those who supported Kovind’s candidature were present.

Speaking after filing his nomination, Ram Nath Kovind said that he was thankful to all those who supported him and assured that he would try to maintain the dignity of the post.  See Also: Opposition Announces Meira Kumar As Presidential Candidate

“I believe that the Office of President should be above party and politics,” he added.

Ram Nath Kovind filed three sets of nomination papers on Friday and the final set of nomination papers will be filed on the last day of filing nomination for the Presidential election, 2017.

Each set of the nomination papers has been signed by 60 leaders as proposers and 60 as seconders. A total of 120 signatures has been put on each set of nomination papers for Ram Nath Kovind. When translated, it is 480 MPs/MLAs that signed the nomination papers of Kovind. See Also: Sirisha Joined RJ Studio Six Months Ago, Her Aunt Reveals

The winning of Dalit leader is a foregone conclusion as the vote percentage in the Electoral College is more than 61 percent at present and might increase depending on how some still undecided regional parties vote, according to BJP sources.

Meanwhile, Meira Kumar will file her nomination papers on June 27.

Since the opposition has announced Meira Kumar as their candidate, the election will take place on July 17 and the counting on July 20.

The low profile Dalit leader of BJP if elected would be the second Dalit President of the country, the first one being KR Narayanan, who occupied Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1997-2002.

Kovind enjoys a clean reputation and was never into any controversy in 26 years political career. His name sprang up as a surprise to many who were speculating various names for the post. Selecting a Dalit candidate is now seen as a political masterstroke of BJP which is striving to reach Dalit community.  See Also: Nasa Launches Kalamsat, Tiniest Satellite Made By Indian Teenager

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  1. June 23, 2017

    […] The colleagues of the Deputy Superintendent of Police bitterly wept on Friday morning while paying tributes to him at a wreath ceremony held at Srinagar’s Police Lines before the funeral.  See Also: Kovind Files 3 Sets of Nominations for President’s Post […]

  2. June 23, 2017

    […] The spokesperson of JD-U, KC Tyagi speaking to a news channel said, “There is no room for a rethink on the issue. We have decided to support NDA candidate Kovind.”  See Also: Kovind Files 3 Sets of Nominations for President’s Post […]

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Presidential Elections: Ram Nath Kovind To File Nomination Papers On Friday

NDA’s nominee Ram Nath will file 4 sets of nomination papers today. He will be facing UPA candidate Meira Kumar in the President’s race.

New Delhi: Ram nath Kovind will file nomination papers today for the post of 15th President of India while PM Modi accompanies him.

BJP has prepared 4 sets of nominations for this procedure. First set will be signed by PM Modi, second one by Andhra CM Naidu, third set by BJP National President Amit Shah and fourth one will be by Shiroman Akali Dal leader Prakash Singh Badal.

Telangana CM KCR, two groups of AIADMK belonging to Panneerselvan, palaniswami, Shiva Sena, JD ( U) , BJD, YSRCP have extended support to Kovind.

Meanwhile, Congress nominated Meira Kumar on Thursday as the combined opposition candidate. She was supported by Communist parties, TMC,SP, and BSP.

BSP withdrew its support to Meira kumar after congress announced former Lok Sabha Speaker as its candidate.

It is just a cake walk for Kovind to enter Rastrapathi Bhavan. He enjoys the backing of 62% votes and may increase further with undecided parties like AAP and a few others throwing their weight behind him. President Pranab Mukherjee will demit office on 24 July and Kovind will be the second Dalit to occupy the highest post of the land after K.R.Narayan.

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Nitish Declares Support NDA Candidate

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has once again taken an independent decision to stand by Modi in the Presidential election.

New Delhi: A day before the opposition parties under the leadership of the Congress on Thursday, Bihar Chief Minister and leader of the JD(U) Nitish Kumar announced his support to the NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. He has once again taken an independent decision.

See Also: New President Of India Is A Dalit, Ram Nath Kovind

Nitish Kumar is known for his uncanny understanding of the popular mood. He supported the demonetisation initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when even the BJP leaders were expressing misgivings in private. Nitish has his own reasons to move away from the RJD of Lalu Prasad Yadav ad hence move closer to the BJP. On the day when the opposition leaders met under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, Nitish chose to have lunch with Modi. He is also aiming at Special Category Status for Bihar. Will get something which Andhra Pradesh has been denied despite a mention being made in the AP Bifurcation Act?

See Also: Presidential Elections: Has Modi’s Plan Worked?

The decision of Nitish Kumar weakens the opposition unity to that extent. The Biju Hanata Dal headed by Baveen Patnaik has already announced its support to the NDA nominee.

See Also: Open Drinking Water Sources To Dalits, Not Rastapathi Bhavan

The Left parties, however, are very keen on putting up a candidate to oppose Kovind who has close connections with RSS. The Congress also has been insisting that the name of Ram Nath Kovind was not mentioned when Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu met Sonia Gandhi. So, Kovind cannot be described as a consensus candidate. The Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party of Sharad Pawar will have to take a stand on Thursday.

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Ram Nath Kovind Not A Consensus Candidate: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has lambasted the central and state governments for looting and oppressing Adivasis.
Ram Nath Kovind Not A Consensus Candidate: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

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Visakhapatnam: Kerala Chief Minister and Politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Pinarayi Vijayan stated that he was opposed to the presidential candidature of Ram Nath Kovind on the grounds that the latter belonged to Sangh Parivar whose ideology they were fighting against right from the beginning. He was here on Tuesday to inaugurate the three-day conference of Adivasi Adhikar Manch (AARM).

Speaking to the press in Visakhapatnam on the sidelines of the national conference of AARM, he said the BJP did not reveal his name during its consultations with other parties and hence he was not a consensus candidate. He was here on Tuesday to inaugurate the three-day conference of AARM.

In his inaugural speech at the conference, he called upon the Adivasis to come forward to wage a militant fight for the protection of their rights. Liberalised economic policies took a serious beating on the millions of lives of Adivasis and the governments were doling out the lands Adivasis had been enjoying for a long time to corporates, he observed.

He alleged that atrocities on the Adivasis communities were on the increase in the BJP-led NDA government. Their lands were being pulled out of Adivasis and given away to corporate companies and multi-national companies. Expressing his anger over the manner in which the resolutions of grama sabhas were not being honoured by the governments, he demanded that the implementation of Forest Rights Act be reviewed. He demanded a committee be formed for such a review.

Paying homage to Alluri Seetharama Raju under whose valiant leadership the Adivasis of Andhra Pradesh fought against the British, he reminded of the various ferocious struggles of the Adivasis communities against colonial rulers.

While asserting that the discrimination against Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes did not end even today, he said they were treated like second-class citizens, he alleged.

He alleged RSS was employing NGOs for injecting religious fundamentalism among the Adivasis. Those Adivasis who were fighting for their rights were branded as Maoists by the centre, he observed. In the guise of oppressing Maoists, it was deploying police and security forces into the Adivasis regions, Vijayan alleged. Adivasi women were subjected to sexual exploitation in addition to economic plunder, he observed. Adivasis who eke out their living on forest lands were becoming migrant labourers as a result of government policies, he criticised.

He said that their government in Kerala was way ahead in implementing the ST Sub-plan, unlike others. Adivasis in Kerala were provided with exclusive schools, hospitals, he added.

CPM politburo members Brinda Karat, BV Raghavulu, national chairperson of Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch Bajban Riyan, AP Girijana Sangham State president Midiyam Baburao, secretary P.Applanarsa, Tripura MP Jitendra Choudhary were among those present at the three-day conference.

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Open Drinking Water Sources To Dalits, Not Rastapathi Bhavan

The naming of a Dalit, Ram Nath Kovind, as the next President, is not so dear to the Dalits in the country. The political parties may claim it as a progressive move, but the Dalits who are still being subjected to discrimination and denied access to drinking water sources across the country want the politicos to be practically progressive.

Guntur: The RSS and VHP driven NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had named Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, as its candidate for the Presidential elections. While it is clear that Kovind is certain to make it to the Rastrapathi Bhavan, succeeding Pranabh Mukharjee, the Dalits of the land are not so happy about it. Kovind is not the first Dalit to make it to the highest office of the land. K R Narayanan was the first citizen of this nation two decades ago. It is now Kovind. But, in the last two decades nothing much had happened in the lives of the millions of Dalits.

Narayanan did nothing much to address the issues concerning the Dalits except creating a sort of history by standing in queue to vote in the general elections, which majority of the Dalits do in every election. The Dalits still suffer the discrimination on the basis of their caste. They have no access to the drinking water sources of villages and not allowed to walk on the roads of the dominating and exploitative caste people’s habitations. Their houses are still burnt and their women are still raped. Their youth are beaten and humiliated even in the institutions of higher learning. A look at a girl of these dominating and exploitative castes causes death punishment. They are not even allowed to approach the police to complain against the social boycott or discrimination. They are now, under the dispensation of the Chaiwala, they are prohibited from eating meat.

The Father of the Constitution, Dr B R Ambedkar, dreamt of a social revolution in the country through reservations. He wanted the reservations to continue for just 10 years believing that the reservations would educate and empower the neglected sections, particularly the untouchables. But, over the years, nothing has changed and the reservations continue making the employed and elected representatives remaining secondary citizen. The elected representatives in the reservation category are made just slaves. They have no voice and their voice is the voice of the leaders who head the political parties.

Right from the Sarpanch of the village to the President of the country, the elected representatives in reservation are just rubber stamps in the hands of the dominating caste leaders. They have no freedom and are made spineless.

Now that the Modi’s dispensation had come up with Kovind’s name, the Opposition too is looking for another rubber stamp to beat Modi with the same coin. The whole nation is set to debate on the Dalit issue for the next two to three weeks in the name of Presidential elections, but the fact remains the same in the villages across the country with the Dalits facing the discrimination and humiliation.

What is required for the Dalits in the country now is not the Rastrapathi Bhavan, but the drinking water sources, access to quality education, health and freedom in asserting their power in politics. The Dalit leaders who have been claiming big about BJP naming Kovind or the Congress coming up with yet another Dalit name, should stop beating the drums for these politicians. The question is not having a Dalit as President, but a Dalit in the country having the right to live a dignified life and have access to the resources including drinking water from the common pond or well.

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New President Of India Is A Dalit, Ram Nath Kovind

As expected BJP surprised everyone by picking up Bihar’s Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA choice for upcoming Presidential Elections. The opposition cannot oppose him

New Delhi: So, Pranab Mukherjee is going to be replaced by Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind. A Dalit would succeed a Brahmin since the opposition cannot afford to oppose a Dalit candidate who is eminently qualified to be the first citizen.

BJP Chief Amit Shah announced a surprise name for Presidential candidate for NDA. The nominee is none other than Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind. Amit Shah announced the name of the future president at a media meet here on Monday afternoon.

Amit Shah has made it clear that PM Modi has a word with Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh before announcing the name.

Kovind was born on 1 October 1945, at a village called Paraunkh,Tehsil Derapur, District Kanpur in UP.

No name for Vice President has been decided until now, Amit Shah said.

Kovind has served two terms in Rajya Sabha. He also represented India st the UN. From 1977 to 79 he was Central government advocate in Delhi High Court and in Supreme Court he served as Central Government Outstanding Counsel member from 1980 to 1993.

He became BJP Dalit Morcha President in between 1998 and 2002. He also served as President for All India Koli Samaj.

Ram Nath Kovind is the presidential candidate of NDA. Kovind is the present Governor of Bihar. Kovind is a politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP). He was elected to Rajya Sabha from state of Uttar Pradesh during the two terms of 1994-2000 and 2000-2006. He was nominated as Governor of Bihar about one and half years ago. He is an advocate by profession and practices in Delhi.

The names of three women- Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Governor of Jarkhand Draupadi Murmu appeared in media speculations. The names of Ratan Tata and Narayana Murthy of Infosys were also referred to in various media reports. Ram Nath Kovid’s name was not forecast by anyone. That way it is a master stroke by Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to leaders of all the alliance parties. He also spoke to Nitish Kumar, Naveen Patnaik, Chandrababu Naidu, KCR and other chief ministers.

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