Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

The Big Fight: Kovind Vs Meira

The Big Fight: Kovind Vs Meira

The vote weight of a member depends on the size and population of their representative state.

The polling for the Presidential election is underway. That translates to 5,49,452 votes. Kovind, formerly the governor of Bihar, appears to have the numbers on his side - nearly 40 parties, including non-NDA parties, have pledged their support for him. The college comprises all the MPs and MLAs. The meeting was attended by All India Congress Committee (AICC) observer Siddharth Patel who advised the MLAs to go by the partyline in the presidential polls. As things stand, Kovind is likely to sweep the election with 70 per cent of the Electoral College backing him. On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said it would have been better if the President had been chosen by consensus.

".I am a candidate in this contest to fight the battle of ideology", Kumar said.

"Only these pens can be used for marking the votes". All elected MPs and MLAs are eligible to cast their vote through secret ballot.

The ballot boxes will be brought to Delhi for counting on July 20.

Shah, who is an MLA from Gujarat, was allowed to cast his vote in Parliament. Parliamentarians will vote according to tables allocated to the States they represent.

The polls also laid bare the divisions within the Congress-led opposition parties, which had hoped to project a show of unity ahead of the general elections in 2019. There will be six tables. Incumbent Pranab Mukherjee's term comes to an end on July 24.

The victor of the election will be sworn into office for a five-year term on July 27 and will replace incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee, a political veteran who has held the post since 2012.

A total of 95 candidates filed nominations for the top Constitutional post, of which 93 were rejected on various grounds, leaving only Kovind and Opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the fray. The BJP commands the most votes in parliament and in the states.

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