Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA candidate, was today elected as India's 14th president receiving an overwhelming majority of votes from the country's lawmakers.
Ram Nath Kovind declared 14th President of IndiaRead @ANI_news story | https://t.co/5JIld91IZQ pic.twitter.com/rJOdlFxktc— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) July 20, 2017
Kovind defeated opposition's Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, garnering more than 65 percent of the votes in the Electoral College, the Returning Officer for the poll announced today.
The 71-year old, who will be the second Dalit to hold the top constitutional position, received 2930 votes with a value of 702044, the returning officer, Anoop Mishra, said.
- Kovind will be the first BJP member to be elected president.
- Kumar, also a Dalit, polled in 1844 votes with a value of 367314.
- The Electoral College comprises of Members of Parliament and members of legislative assemblies of all states.
- A total of 4,896 voters -- 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs -- were eligible to cast their ballot. MLCs of states with legislative council are not part of the electoral college.
Celebrations broke out after he was confirmed the President:
BJP workers celebrate in Mumbai as Ram Nath Kovind is declared 14th President of India pic.twitter.com/PVTm4ObqiL— ANI (@ANI_news) July 20, 2017
And wishes from all corners poured in for the 14th president of India
20 years ago and the present…always been a privilege to know you, President Elect. pic.twitter.com/IkhnOtYf8N— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2017
Congratulations to Ram Nath Kovind Ji, who will be our next President— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 20, 2017
Congratulations, hope he will be a successful president& will work for marginalised &poor ppl: Senior BJP leader MM Joshi on Ram Nath Kovind pic.twitter.com/cPE5gofsdq— ANI (@ANI_news) July 20, 2017
Congratulate the 14th President of India Ram Nath Kovind. Congratulations to Meira Kumar for the courage she has shown: Lalu Prasad Yadav pic.twitter.com/EfmxSpsAJu— ANI (@ANI_news) July 20, 2017
When Kovind Ji takes over as President,crores of oppressed&poor Indians will see their representative on highest constitutional post: A Shah pic.twitter.com/ED5NoOeuiR— ANI (@ANI_news) July 20, 2017
After the defeat, Meira Kumar thanked her supporters
My fight for secularism, the oppressed & the marginalised continues.I thank all my well wishers for their support & good wishes.— Meira Kumar (@meira_kumar) July 20, 2017
Want to make it very clear that today on 20th July 2017 my battle for ideology doesn't end, it will continue: Meira Kumar pic.twitter.com/I26aFeujCu— ANI (@ANI_news) July 20, 2017