India's presidential election began Monday, with parliamentarians and state legislators voting to select between ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's contender Ram Nath Kovind and opposition nominee Meira Kumar. After the polling, he took to Twitter and confirmed that he voted for Kovind after the instruction of Mulayam Singh. Congress members have voted for Meira Kumar, said Mishra. "All rumours are baseless and should be ignored", he added.
Moved by his simplicity and determined attitude, we chose to dig up more facts on the prospective president of India. Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra was the first to cast his vote followed by deputy leader of the Congress Legislature Party Chiranjib Biswal, Congress MLAs Debendra Sharma and Naba Kishore Das.
President Pranab Mukherjee's term ends on July 24.
With almost 70% of the electoral college votes, the NDA candidate for the president, Ram Nath Kovind is all set to become the 14 President of India.
As per indications, the ruling party MLAs in the State which included MLAs from the Congress, the NCP and the independents are likely to vote in favour of the opposition presidential candidate.
"Ram Nath Kovind ji will win with a comfortable and respectable margin", said Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu ahead of the polls. This is the ideology which binds India together. "Today is a very important day".
The contest which is largely being viewed as a clash between two Dalit leaders, was described by Kumar as an "ideological battle".
"The forces which are present should be decimated".
Dalits, who number around 200 million in the nation of 1.3 billion, form a sizeable chunk of the population in some states which go to polls this year and early next year. We are excited... We are part of it.