Who will be the next President of India?

Ram Nath Kovind scoring confidence over Meira Kumar

Business & Politics

July 17, 2017

/ By Sudipto Roy / Kolkata



As the 14th Presidential election in India resumes, the BJP-led NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind is construed to be a unanimous winner over the opposition candidate Meira Kumar.

The Electoral College that elects the constitutional head of the country comprises of all the elected Parliament and Legislative Assembly members from the centre and the state. What looks like an easy win for Kovind is by virtue of the support promised by almost 40 parties, including the national parties that don’t come under the NDA fold. However, the votes from West Bengal are speculated to be more for Meira Kumar. The unusual political unity between Trinamool Congress (TMC), Congress and the Left Front is expected to vote for the opposition candidate. However, the Darjeeling issue in the recent times will probably entice the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to support the NDA candidate.

The electoral college for the Presidential election is made of 1,098,903 votes, with each Parliamentarian carrying a vote value of 708. A member of the State Assembly has a vote value depending on the population he or she represents. While Kovind or Kumar will need above 50 pc of the total votes to win the poll, the recent trend is in favour of the NDA-candidate.

Sunday wishes from Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was perhaps more sanguine than anyone else in his group as he went ahead to wish Kovind on Sunday in advance. Assuring his future President support from his government, Modi remarked on Kovind’s non-controversial career as a lawyer as well as a politician. After news of PM Modi’s advance wishes, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that the Presidential election was a clear example of “clash of ideas and conflict of disparate values.”

Despite the election currently underway, its seems like the result has already been decided and any official announcement will only be a customary action.

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