Finally, the Presidential election 2017 polls are going on to choose one candidate from the NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind and INC’s Meira Kumar. Everyone has just one question that who will be the next India’s President? Is that Ram Nath Kovind or Meira Kumar? And the voting has begun today at 10 am. There are around 776 MP’s and 4120 MLA’s who will decide next president in a secret ballot vote.
BJP’s President Amit Shah and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast their votes at the Parliament house. PM Modi addressed the media outside the parliament before casting his vote. 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.
Lawmakers across India voted on Monday to elect the country’s 14th President with Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu declaring that ruling NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind would win with a “comfortable and respectable margin” against opposition-backed Meira Kumar. Polling to choose the successor of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee, who demits office on July 25, started simultaneously in Parliament in the national capital and state assemblies at 10 a.m. All elected MPs and MLAs are eligible to cast their vote through secret ballot. As voting picked up, many MPs, including women members, were seen queuing up in Parliament House outside the polling booth in Room No 62 for the voting, that closes at 5 p.m.
Presidential Polls live updates:
2:05: The Youngest M.L.A Gujarat National Vice President Youth of BJP delighted to cast vote for Ram Nath Kovind
Delighted to have voted for #PresidentialElection .The cheerfulness & enthusiasm for #RamNathKovind ji can be seen. pic.twitter.com/dotutAvuJW
— Harsh Sanghavi (@sanghaviharsh) July 17, 2017
1:35 pm: Senior Party leader Shivpal Yadav said that votes should be given to Ram Nath Kovind.
आज माननीय नेताजी के निर्देशानुसार राष्ट्रपति पद के चुनाव के लिए श्री रामनाथ कोविंद जी के पक्ष में मतदान किया।#PresidentialElection pic.twitter.com/jv8qJmdvWn
— Shivpal Singh Yadav (@shivpalsinghyad) July 17, 2017
1:28 pm: Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejriwal cast his vote in the presidential elections. He was spotted with an umbrella as there is cloudy weather in the city.
Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal participated in voting for Presidential Elections going on in Delhi Legislative Assembly right now. pic.twitter.com/bPfcGZIlAE
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) July 17, 2017
12:05 pm: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadvanis casts his vote for the presidential election at Maharashtra legislative Assembly.
Maharashtra CM @Dev_Fadnavis casts his vote for #PresidentialElection at Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/o0Lg9OeUiU
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) July 17, 2017