1. Meira Kumar can become President, not Ram Nath Kovind, if this happens

Meira Kumar can become President, not Ram Nath Kovind, if this happens

Presidential Election 2017: Both Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar are Dalit leaders, lawyers by training and born in the same year - 1945.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 3:20 PM
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Presidential Election 2017: The election to India’s top position is now an open race between NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind and Opposition’s Meira Kumar. Interestingly, both are Dalit leaders, lawyers by training and born in the same year – 1945. At present, it is all but certain that Kovind has more number of votes in his favour than Kumar. But then the Presidential election will take place on July 17. Which means over three weeks are still left for the crucial election and we cannot predict in which direction the political waves will flow in the coming days until July 17.

For now, Kovind is in a comfortable position. He has the backing of BJP, its allies and several small parties including JD(U), BJD, TRS, AIADMK and YSR Congress. The votes of these parties sum up to over 60 per cent of the required number, which is more than enough for Kovind’s win. Around 17 big and small parties including Congress, BSP and SP are with Kumar. But their vote sum up to only 40 per cent.

The above numbers show, Kumar is all set to lose. But, can the reverse happen? Over three weeks are left still and we know that words of political parties can’t be taken for granted. Politicians are known for shifting loyalties and even proving their own words as lies. If all the Non-NDA parties, who are supporting Kovind, shift their support, the Dalit leader from Kanpur Dehat may find himself on a sticky wicket on July 17.

Moreover, Kumar comes with the reputation of beating tall Dalit leaders. In her very first General election in 1985 from Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh, Kumar had beaten Dalit stalwarts like BSP supremo Mayawati and LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan, who is presently with the NDA. If Kumar manages to repeat her own past, she would be the President.

Anything can happen in an election. We cannot write-off any of the two candidates right now. The ultimate winner in the Presidential election 2017 would be decided by how the politics unfold in the coming days. At least, this can be said with the benefit of hindsight.

In 1969, favourite Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, who had the backing of All India Congress Committee, had lost to an independent candidate V V Giri, who was backed by then PM Indira Gandhi. There was also a third candidate, put up by the Opposition, CD Deshmukh. Gandhi had appealed for a “vote of conscience” to Congress lawmakers, which ultimately made Giri the President. What if something similar happens in 2017?

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  1. Z
    Jul 4, 2017 at 1:20 am
    s: betmoose /bet/ram-nath-kovind-to-become-president-of-india-3230#bets-1 Anyone willing to bet on the result of this election in Bitcoin?
    1. M
      Jun 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm
      Indian - look at the post for which he or she is contesting and who suits and represents the country better - this isi not a lottery or game show
      1. Shubha Srinath
        Jun 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm
        Meira Kumar is a corrupt person, she failed to pay if 1.8 crores rent.... while Ram Nath Kovind is a clean honest person ... even the vote of conscience will tilt the needle towards Ram Nath Kovind only. Esp. in this case Meira Kumar cannot even contend.
        1. Shubha Srinath
          Jun 24, 2017 at 4:39 pm
          Which of the NDA and suppporters of NDA on Presidential election do you see switching sides?? Tell us one name !! ... Don't write moronic articles, you are a moron, that doesn't mean people are moronic too !! ........ Those days of pseudo gandhis fooling people are over.
          1. s
            Jun 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm
            I cannot believe that journalists can be so poor in their commonsense . When non-NDA parties lke BJD , JDU , AIDMK , TRS rendered support when it is not asked for , how this journ dreams for defeat of kovind . Alternatively we may predict RJD may support due to their own compulsion . S.K.Mohapatra
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              Rabi Mishra
              Jun 24, 2017 at 10:34 am
              Dear wise journo, why do you forget (or is it deliberate?)that there is no comparison between Indira Gandhi pushing for Giri and the Italian waitress Sonia Maino pushing for Meira Devi?
              1. Rishabh Gupta
                Jun 24, 2017 at 8:38 am
                I am sorry to say but poorly written article. Completely pointless and misleading. PS: I am not from any party.
                1. Rahul Chanana
                  Jun 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm
                  This article is published by the person who is either the bootlicker of Congress or he/she doesn't know anything about politics. I don't know 😞 why Congress is making hue on Nitish Kumar supporting BJP or Kovind Ji, even if he support Meira Kumar then also Congress will lose because BJP have AIADMK on their side which alone cons ute 60000 votes while BJP needs only 22000. Useless article
                  1. R
                    Jun 23, 2017 at 5:14 pm
                    If wishes were horses!!!!!
                    1. H
                      Jun 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm
                      Nitish is losing grip on Bihar politics due to an unholy alliance with corrupt convicted criminal Laloo. Both sons of Laloo are caught in looting public money and amassed huge wealth as revealed by different investigation agencies and seizure of a dozen assets in different cities of the country. The stern action should be taken by govt against Laloo and his family for looting public money worth thousands of crores. Nitish Kumar must take immediate action to sack both sons of Laloo from ministry immediately. Otherwise, this will tarnish the image of Nitish Kumar to the maximum extent and public will oust JD(U)'S govt from BIHAR forever.
                      1. M
                        marwak d
                        Jun 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm
                        Mr Ramnath will win. Pl remember your paper belongs to Shri Ramnath Goenka fighter against Emergency and Rajiv Bofors Gandhi
                        1. K
                          k c satapathy
                          Jun 23, 2017 at 3:39 pm
                          Time wasting article. This article should not found place on "Financial Express". Please manage your re tion.
                          1. Nitin Angirash
                            Jun 23, 2017 at 3:29 pm
                            worthless article, simple waste of time.
                            1. A
                              Jun 23, 2017 at 2:58 pm
                              Faaltu ki ummeed.... Congress ki kitni chaatega
                              1. Y
                                Jun 23, 2017 at 2:49 pm
                                What is the relevance of "vote of conscience" here? Are you propagating from INC's side or what.
                                1. K
                                  Jun 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm
                                  Well said.
                                2. M
                                  Jun 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm
                                  u mean ,sonia gandhi will ask for vote of conscience and everybody will vote for miera? fat chance.
                                  1. J
                                    Jun 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm
                                    article click bait bc
                                    1. V
                                      Jun 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm
                                      Your analyis is flawed. Meera Kumar will not win.....
                                      1. S
                                        Jun 23, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                                        Desperation of the opposition is quite clear with the article. Keep dreaming.
                                        1. R
                                          Jun 23, 2017 at 2:28 pm
                                          This fellow is s fool. He us hoping against hope. How these articles get published? This is what is called paid news!
                                          1. Rahul Chanana
                                            Jun 23, 2017 at 8:20 pm
                                            They are Press utes
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