Presidential election 2017 counting Live Updates: Ram Nath Kovind wife says she never thought he would be President

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Presidential election 2017 counting Live Updates: As per PTI report, Ram Nath Kovind wife Savita Koind said, "Never thought he would become President, he has risen by dint of his hard work and honesty."

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Presidential election 2017 counting Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise pick and NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind today become the President-elect after he defeated Meira Kumar who was backed by 17 Opposition parties. Counting began at 11 am. PM Modi had already congratulated Kovind a day before the election which was held on Monday. In a big setback to Opposition unity, JD(U) led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had supported Kovind’s candidature. Congress President Sonia Gandhi called the election a vote of conscience. BJP had claimed that 40 parties backed Kovind. President Pranab Mukherjee’s term is set to expire on July 25. In the last presidential election in 2012, Pranab Mukherjee had defeated PA Sangma and got over 69 per cent votes.

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10:15 pm: As per PTI report, Ram Nath Kovind’s wife Savita Koind said, “Never thought he would become President, he has risen by dint of his hard work and honesty.”

10:10 pm: Maharastra  CM Devendra Fadnavis said,”Happy that a person who is down to earth, who knows constitutional democracy, values and ethos is being elected as President.”

9:40 pm: Only three presidents in the past have managed to bag more than 90 pct votes. It includes — Rajendra Prasad (98.99 per cent) in 1957, Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan (98.24 per cent) in 1962 and K R Narayanan (1997) who bagged 94.97 pct.

9:36 pm: As per PTI report, according to Election Commission data, President Pranab Mukherjee had secured 69.31 per cent votes while former president Pratibha Patil (2007) got 65.82 per cent of the total votes, marginally higher than the share secured by Kovind.

9:32 pm: Kovind polled 7,02,044 votes out of 10,90,300 in the Electoral College, while his rival Meira Kumar, the joint opposition candidate, secured 3,67,314 votes.

9:26 pm: Notably, Ram Nath Kovind, may have won the presidential election comfortably, but his vote share is the lowest since 1974, figures reveal.

9:20 pm: Congratulate Kovind Ji. Someone coming from an ordinary social background has reached to the highest constitutional post, said Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

9:00 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi congratulates Ram N Kovind, reiterated Cong’s commitment to work for upholding values intrinsic to Constitution.

8:40 pm: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari congratulates Ram Nath Kovind on his victory in Presidential election, in Delhi

8:27 pm: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said, “Congratulations Ram Nath Kovind ji. Wishing you a great term as President of India.”

8:18 pm: President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated his successor. He said,”I extend to you (Ram Nath Kovind) my heartiest congratulations on your election as 14th President of Republic of India.”

8:12 pm: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today greeted Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the 14th President of the country. “I extend my wishes for his successful and fruitful tenure,” he said.

8:05 pm:  CPIM leader Sitaram Yechury congratulated Kovind and said,”Congratulations to Ram Nath Kovind. Our fight for a plural, harmonious, equitable & just India continues.”

8:00 pm: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reached Ram Nath Kovind’s house in Delhi to congratulate him on Presidential polls victory.

7:55 pm: PM Modi congratulated Opposition nominee and said,”I also congratulate Meira Kumar Ji for her campaign, which was in the spirit of the democratic ethos & values we all are proud of.”

7:45 pm: A festive atmosphere prevailed today at the 10 Akbar Road bungalow in New Delhi where president-elect Ram Nath Kovind has been staying since filing his nomination for the top constitutional post.

7:35 pm: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar took to his Twitter account to applaud Ram Nath Kovind for being elected the 14th President of India. He said,”Congratulations to Ram Nath Kovind ji for winning Presidential polls with a huge majority. His knowledge & experience will benefit India.”

7:30 pm: Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the next President of India.

7:22 pm: Lok Sabha speaker did not miss the opportunity to congratulate Kovind, she said,”Confident that he (Ram Nath Kovind) will work for all from his position.Had very good experience with Pranab Da.”

7:10 pm: Kovind’s daughter-in-law also did not miss the opportunity to congratulate the new President of India. While talking to ANI she said,”Feeling very happy. He is very simple and a quiet person. He cares for everyone.”

7:02 pm: He added,”His election to the highest post is a sign of the policies and ideologies of BJP.”

7:00 pm: With wishes pouring from across the country, Chattisgarh CM Raman Singh joined the league . He said,”Congratulate Kovind Ji, his nomination for President post was a sign that govt is determined to bring Dalits in mainstream.”

6:59 pm: She added,”I hope the tenure of Mr. Kovind would prove to be inspiring, encouraging and egalitarian.”

6:57 pm: Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti said,”His victory marks an important milestone in political history of India.It reflects empowerment of weaker sections of society.”

6:53 pm: Kovind’s daughter Swati while talking to ANI expressed her joy and said,”All over India people are celebrating. We all are very happy.It is a proud moment for us.”

6:48 pm: He added,”I firmly believe that his term will take the Post to greater heights & add more dignity to it.”

6:43 pm: BJP leader Amit Shah said,”When Kovind Ji takes over as President, crores of oppressed & poor Indians will see their representative on highest constitutional post.”

6:38 pm: RJD chief Lalu Prasad congratulated Ram Nath Kovind. He said,”Congratulate the 14th President of India Ram Nath Kovind. Congratulations to Meira Kumar for the courage she has shown”

6:32 pm: Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his predecessor O Panneerselvam have greeted Ram Nath Kovind on his winning the Presidential polls.

6:30 pm: CM Palaniswami congratulated Kovind for his “resounding victory.” “I wish to convey to you my own felicitations and also those of the people of Tamil Nadu for a historic tenure in Rashtrapati Bhavan,” he said in a letter to the NDA candidate.

6:25 pm: I would like to thank 116 MPs and MLAs of the other side who listened to their conscience and voted in favour of Kovind ji, says BJP leader Bhupender Yadav.

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6:20 pm: Kerala Governor P Sathasivam has congratulated Ram Nath Kovind, on his victory in the Presidential election. In a message, the governor expressed the hope that with his vast and varied experience and dedication, Kovind would succeed in guiding the Nation to new heights of growth and development.

6:15 pm: Veteran BJP leader L K Advani has congratulated President-elect Ram Nath Kovind on his victory. Soon after he came to know of Kovind’s win in the presidential election, Advani spoke to him and gave him his best wishes.

6:10 pm: “We have been working here since morning, sweeping the pavements, trimming hedges, putting flower pots at both the entry and exit gates,” said a staff of the New Delhi Municipal Council.

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6:05 pm: A festive atmosphere prevailed today at the 10 Akbar Road bungalow in New Delhi where president-elect Ram Nath Kovind has been staying since filing his nomination for the top constitutional post.

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6:00 pm: Flower pots were lined up at the main entrance while several baskets of flowers, including choicest roses, were taken inside the bungalow premises, to welcome Kovind, who defeated opposition candidate Meira Kumar by bagging 65 per cent of the votes.

5:57 pm: The Delhi Police also heightened security at the bungalow, the official residence of Union minister Mahesh Sharma.

5:55 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah reached Ram Nath Kovind’s home to congratulate the President-elect.

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5:53 pm: Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Shri Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the 14th President of India, says President Pranab Mukherjee

5:45 pm: In a series of tweets after Kovind was declared victorious in the presidential poll, BJP chief Shah expressed confidence that he would distinguish himself as an exceptional president of the country.

5:40 pm: “It is a victory for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised and their aspirations,” Shah said.

5:35 pm: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind PM Narendra Modi and Ram Nath Kovind have a lot of similarities  they both have the same maturity level, says MM Joshi, Senior BJP leader, according to CNN News18.

5:30 pm: I never aspired to be the president; my win is a message to those discharging their duties with integrity, says President-elect Kovind.

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5:27 pm: My election as the president is evidence of the greatness of Indian democracy, says Kovind.

5:25 pm: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has congratulated Ram Nath Kovind over phone for Presidential Poll 2017 victory

5:20 pm: Ram Nath Kovind’s image is clean. I would like to congratulate President-elect Kovind on the behalf of Uttar Pradesh, says CM Yogi Adityanath.

5:17 pm: I congratulate Ram Nath Kovind ji for his victory. It is a victory of the democracy, says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

5:15 pm: Want to make it very clear that today on 20th July 2017 my battle for ideology doesn’t end, it will continue, says Meira Kumar

5:12 pm: Want to thank all members of collegium, Smt Sonia Gandhiji & leaders of all the political parties who have supported me, Meira Kumar said.

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5:11 pm: My fight for secularism, the oppressed and the marginalised continues. I thank all my well wishers for their support and good wishes, says Meira Kumar

5:09 pm: My best wishes with Sh. Kovindji as it has fallen upon him to uphold Constitution in letter and spirit in these challenging times, says Meira Kumar.

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5:07 pm: Kovind thanked and congratulated Meira Kumar.

5:05 pm: I congratulate Ram Nath Kovindji for becoming the President of India, says Meira Kumar.

5:02 pm: This is an emotional moment for me today says Kovind.

5:00 am: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind said that he will represent the oppressed section of the society in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

4:55 pm: I thank BJP members, NDA family, other valued parties and leaders who supported Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji, says BJP president Amit Shah.

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4:50 pm: Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji for emphatic victory in the 2017 Presidential elections. His victory is truly historic, says Amit Shah

4:48 pm: Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful and inspiring tenure, says PM Modi.

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4:46 pm: I also congratulate Meira Kumar Ji for her campaign, which was in spirit of democratic ethos & values we all are proud of, tweets PM Modi

4:42 pm: Gladdened by extensive support for Ram Nath Kovind Ji among MPs and across various states. I thank members of electoral college, says PM Modi

4:40 pm: BJP workers started celebrating in Mumbai as Ram Nath Kovind is declared winner

4:37 pm: Ram Nath Kovind got 7,02,044 while Meira Kumar bagged 3,67,314 votes.

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4:35 pm: NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind wins the presidential polls, says Returning Officer Anoop Mishra.

4:30 pm: Ram Nath Kovind will be sworn in on July 25.

4:15 pm: Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar gets 34.35% of votes

4:10 pm: Ram Nath Kovind has become the next President of the Country after securing 65.65% votes.

4:05 pm: NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind crossed halfway mark, last phase of counting underway.

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4:00 pm: In Delhi, Kovind got 6 votes, while Kumar got 55. It has been learned that 6 of the votes were rejected, says CNN News18 report.

3:55 pm: Kanpur Dehat: People offer prayers for Ram Nath Kovind in anticipation of his win, as per ANI report.

3:52 pm: Pranab Mukherjee (2012 – 2017): The outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee, who served as the 13th President of India, will demit office on July 25. Before entering into politics, Mukherjee worked as a lecturer and journalist. Mukherjee is the only President who served all the major portfolios as the Centre – Foreign, Defence, Commerce and Finance – at different times in his political career. He rejected 30 cases of death sentence and commuted to life the death sentences of four convicts.

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3:47 pm: During his term, Mukherjee has spent a considerable amount of time promoting the need for improving standards of higher education and holding the compass to the political leadership to remain steadfast in observing Constitutional probity. In 1984, Mukherjee was voted as the Best Finance Minister in the World by the Euromoney magazine and is the only Finance Minister to serve the post both, in the Pre-Liberisation and Post-Liberisation eras.

3:42 pm: Kocheril Raman Narayanan (1997 – 2002): Popularly known as K.R. Naranayanan, he was the first Dalit-origin President of India. Narayanan, who formerly served as a diplomat, served as India’s ambassador to China and the United States.

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3:37 pm: As a President, Naranayanan always explained his decisions to the nation, and brought openness and transparency in the functioning of the President. During his tenure, Narayanan dissolved the Lok Sabha twice – firstly he refused to dismiss the Kalyan Singh Government in Uttar Pradesh in 1997 and a year later, the Rabri Devi Government in Bihar in 1998.

3:33 pm: Dr. Zakir Hussain (1967 – 1969): Dr. Hussain was the country’s first Muslim president, who occupied the office for the shortest period. His untimely death two years after being elected made V.V. Giri the first acting president of India. Dr. Hussain was an avid intellectual educator and the co-founder of Jamia Millia Islamia University.

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3:30 pm: Rajendra Prasad (1950 – 1962): Prasad was the first President of Independent India and stayed in office for the longest term of around 12 years. Post the completion of his tenure, he quit the Congress and set up new guidelines for parliamentarians which are still followed. Prasad played a major role in forming the Bihari Students Conference in 1906 and served as the president of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the Constitution of India.

3:24 pm: Congratulations to Ram Nath Kovind Ji, who will be our next President, says Mamata Banerjee.

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3:20 pm: 37 invalid votes after counting for Parliament and 11 states, says Anoop Mishra, Returning officer.

3:17 pm: NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind is leading with a handsome margin in the presidential contest after receiving 1389 votes against opposition candidate Meira Kumar, who got 576 votes, according to partial results today.

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3:15 pm: In the Electoral College system, Kovind’s votes are worth 479585 while Kumar’s have a value of 204594 at the end of counting of ballots in Parliament House and 11 states.

3:10 pm: The states where the counting has finished include Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, he said.

3:05 pm: Kovind is expected to win the race for the top constitutional post given that the BJP and its allies have a majority in electoral college comprising Members of Parliament and members of legislative assemblies of all states.

3:00 pm: Thirty two polling stations, including the one in Parliament House, were set up in various 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.

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2:56 pm: While the value of an MLA’s vote depends on the population of his or her state, the value of an MP’s vote remains the same at 708.

2:52 pm: To a query on cross-voting in the election, Kumar said, “I don’t want to use this word and everybody has the right to vote according to his or her wish.”

2:47 pm: Asked what her reaction would be if the outcome does not come in her favour, Kumar said it was a “hypothetical question” and should not be asked now. Kumar said she had talked to several people since morning but refused to name them even as she thanked the parties who decided her as the opposition’s candidate.

2:45 pm: Ram Nath Kovind gets 1,389 votes with value of 4, 79, 585; Meira Kumar gets 576 with value of 2, 04, 594 after counting in Parliament, 11 states, as per PTI report.

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2:42 pm: The counting of votes for the presidential election is underway with the numbers stacked in the favour of the ruling NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind. The name of the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhawan would be known by 5.00 pm. The voting took place on Monday.

2:40 pm: Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said it was matter of pride that Kovind is winning

2:37 pm: Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met BJP MPs from Uttar Pradesh.

2:35 pm: After first round

Gujarat: Ram Nath Kovind-132, Meira Kumar-49

Haryana: Ram Nath Kovind – 73, Meira Kumar – 16

Chhattisgarh: Ram Nath Kovind – 57, Meira Kumar – 35

Madhya Pradesh: Ram Nath Kovind – 171, Meira Kumar – 57

Jammu and Kashmir: Ram Nath Kovind – 56, Meira Kumar – 13

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2:30 pm: Let’s see how much the inner voice of conscience prevails, Congress-led opposition’s presidential candidate Meira Kumar said today as the counting of votes for the country’s top constitutional post continues.

2:27 pm: Since she has been named as presidential poll nominee by opposition parties, Kumar has urged the members of the electoral college to vote according to their “voice of conscience” and for an “ideology that binds India”.

2:25 pm: Kumar said she had a great belief in the ideology she had fought for. “(I) appealed to the members (of the electoral college) to listen to their inner voice of conscience. Let’s see how much it prevails,” she told reporters in Delhi.

2:23 pm: 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.

2:20 pm: Ram Nath Kovind got over 4 lakh votes whereas Meira Kumar ireceived over 2 lakh after first round of votes.

2:17 pm: I am a fighter, I fought for the belief and faith of majority of my countrymen and women: Meira Kumar

2:15 pm: It has been learned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will meet Ram Nath Kovind after results are announced, according to CNN News18 report.

2:10 pm: I am not upset and will continue to fight, says Meira Kumar.

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2:07 pm: A formal announcement of the winner is expected by 5 pm. The voting took place on Monday.

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2:04 pm: Counting began at 11 am with the ballot box of Parliament House being opened first, followed by ballot boxes received from states in alphabetical order.

2:00 pm: Early returns today showed NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind leading with 60683 votes over opposition’s Meira Kumar, who got 22941 votes in Assam, Arunachal, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Returning Officer Anoop Mishra said.

1:55 pm: Kovind is expected to win the presidential race given that the BJP and its allies have a majority in electoral college comprising Members of Parliament and members of legislative assemblies and councils of all states.

1:51 pm: The Presidential election on July 17 saw close to 100 percent polling. A total of 771 members of Parliament and 4,109 legislators were eligible to cast votes.

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1:47 pm: Ram Nath Kovind gets 60,683 votes, Meira Kumar 22,941 votes in Assam, Arunachal, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar: Returning Officer Anoop Mishra, as per PTI report.

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1:44 pm: BSP chief Mayawati’s resignation has been accepted by Rajya Sabha.

1:40 pm: First round of counting over as Kovind is leading by 1 lakh votes over Meira Kumar

1:33 pm: Kovind, if becomes the President, will be the second BJP head of state after late APJ Abdul Kalam.

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1:30 pm: After first round of counting, Ram Nath Kovind got 221 votes whereas Meira Kumar manages to bag 134 votes, according to Times Now report

1:25 pm: After first round of counting of votes, Ram Nath Kovind is leading over Meira Kumar from states like Bihar, Assam.

1:20 pm: Parliament update: Lok Sabha was adjourned after opposition disrupted proceedings by raising slogans on the plight of farmers

1:15 pm: Kanpur: People at village of NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind celebrate and offer prayers in anticipation of his win

1:10 pm: Uttar Pradesh has the credit of giving nine prime ministers, including incumbent Narendra Modi, who is a Lok Sabha member from Varanasi.

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1:05 pm: Earlier, prime ministers hailing from Uttar Pradesh were Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Charan Singh, Rajiv Gandhi, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Chandra Shekhar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

1:00 pm: The two-term Rajya Sabha member will be the second Dalit president as his election is almost a certainty with the ruling bloc enjoying majority in the electoral college. K R Narayanan was the country’s first Dalit president.

12:55 pm: Meira Kumar also expressed her gratefulness to the Opposition parties which unanimously got together and decided her name for the post of President.

12:53 pm: Responding to a poser on how she views this fight, Meira Kumar said the people in this country have certain values and they have kept those as their base for these elections.

12:50 pm: His official profile on the Bihar governors website describes him as a crusader for “rights and cause of weaker sections of society specially Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/OBC/ minority…” from his student days.

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12:45 pm: The BJP has been seeking to widen its base beyond its traditional constituencies of upper castes and trading classes and has succeeded to a large extent, as seen in the UP assembly polls.

12:42 pm: The party’s top brass would hope that by sending the only Dalit after K R Narayanan — and the first from the Hindi heartland — to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the BJP would win over the community.

12:37 pm: Largely seen as an affable man, Kovind has had a quiet innings as the governor of Bihar, a post that he took up in August 2015, months before assembly elections were held in the state.

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12:37 pm: An Election Commission official, who has witnessed previous two presidential polls, said usually results are declared around 5 PM.

12:35 pm: It is an acknowledgement of his non-confrontational conduct that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has been battling the BJP in the state, lavished praise on him today, saying he had done “exemplary work” as governor.

12:32 pm: While the value of an MLA’s vote depends on the population of the state he or she belongs to, the value of an MP’s vote remains the same at 708.

12:30 pm: 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.

12:27 pm: BJP chief Amit Shah said the party’s parliamentary board went through a long list of potential candidates before choosing Kovind, who was its MP in the Rajya Sabha for two terms and headed its Dalit Morcha.

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12:13 pm: Rajya Sabha Update: Without using the word H-1B visa, there was extensive discussion on its spirit, between President Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi, says Sushma Swaraj.

12:10 pm: Kovind was born on October 1, 1945 at Kanpur (rural) in Uttar Pradesh. He was married to Savita in 1974 and the couple have a son and a daughter.

12:05 pm: As an MP, Kovind emphasised on the development of basic infrastructure for education in rural areas and helped in construction of school buildings under the MPLAD scheme.

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12:00 pm: As a member of Parliament, Kovind visited Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom and the USA.

11:57 am:  If elected, Ram Nath Kovind will be the second Dalit President of India after K R Narayanan.

11:55 am: He was also a member of the board of governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

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11:53 am: He has also represented India in the United Nations and addressed the UN General Assembly in October, 2002.

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11:50 am: Kovind is also known for his work in the field of education. He has served as member on the board of management of the Dr BR Ambedkar University, Lucknow.

11:48 am: Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha adjourned for 20 minutes amidst opposition slogan- shouting over farmers’ issue

11:45 am: As an advocate, Kovind took the lead in providing free legal aid to weaker sections, especially the SC/ST women, and poor and needy girls under the aegis of the Free Legal Aid Society in Delhi.

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11:40 am: Kovind joined a stir by SC/ST employees when in 1997 certain orders were issued by the Centre which adversely affected their interests.

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11:37 am: These orders were later declared null and void after the passage of three amendments in the Constitution during the rule of the first NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

11:35 am: In Parliament, Kovind was a member of many important committees, especially the parliamentary committee on the welfare of scheduled castes/tribes, the parliamentary panel on social justice and empowerment and the committee on law and justice.

11:30 am: Great belief in ideology I fought for,also believe in inner voice of conscience lets see how much it prevails, says Meira Kumar

11:25 am: Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar said that she fought polls based on ideology.

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11:23 am: He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1994 from Uttar Pradesh and served two consecutive terms till March, 2006.

11:20 am: Kovind became an Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India in 1978. He practised in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court for about 16 years until 1993.

11:17 am: Meanwhile, Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 11:30 am.

11:15 am: He practised in the Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979 and was the central government’s standing counsel in the Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993.

11:13 am: A commerce graduate and LLB from the Kanpur University in Uttar Pradesh, Kovind has been a successful lawyer.

11:11 am: He was also the president of the All-India Koli Samaj. On August 8, 2015, he was appointed as the Governor of Bihar.

11:08 am: A champion of the scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, OBC, minority and women’s rights from his student days A former president of the BJP Dalit Morcha (1998-2002), Kovind has also served as a national spokesperson of the party.

11:04 am: A crusader for the rights of the weaker sections of the society, 71-year-old Ram Nath Kovind is a lawyer-turned-politician, whose choice as the BJP-led NDA’s presidential candidate was being seen as a political masterstroke.

11:00 am: Counting has begun in Parliament.

10:50 am: Kovind’s win against opposition candidate Meira Kumar is a foregone conclusion as the ruling coalition has secured the support of nearly two-thirds of the electoral college, with some political parties even outside the NDA fold throwing their weight behind him.

10:45 am: Quoting Modi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the prime minister also offered his congratulations in advance to the Dalit leader.

10:38 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had congratulated NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind “in advance” and assured him of his government’s support, a day before the election to the top constitutional post.

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10:35 am: At a meeting of the NDA MPs which was also attended by Kovind, Modi recalled that the former Bihar governor had worked as a ‘sahyogi’ (aide) of Morarji Desai when he was the prime minister and said this government will offer all ‘sahyog’ (cooperation) to him.

10:32 am: Celebrations in advance, joyous mood in Kanpur — Stage set for the 14th President of India.

10:30 am: After exercising his franchise, the chief minister told reporters that NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind will win the election with a huge margin.

10:25 am: “My open support is for Kovindji, who belongs to Kanpur dehat and is our neighbour,” Shivpal Yadav had said, adding, “Meira Kumar did not seek vote from me and I voted on the directions of ‘netaji’ (Mulayam Singh Yadav).”

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10:20 am: All the ballot boxes have been brought from various state capitals.The tenure of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24.

10:15 am: DMK chief M Karunanidhi could not cast his vote in Presidential election due to health reasons, party working president M K Stalin said.

10:10 am: “The voting was close to 99 per cent. I think this would perhaps be the highest ever percentage,” Lok Sabha Secretary General and returning officer for the election Anoop Mishra told a press conference in Delhi

10:07 am: First the ballot box of Parliament House will be opened, and then, the ballot boxes received from states will be counted on alphabetical basis.

10:05 am: BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi exuded confidence saying Ram Nath Kovind will win with thumping majority, as per Times Now report.

10:00 am: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the fight between Kovind and Kumar was “one of ideologies” and rated the latter as the best choice for the president’s post.

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9:55 am: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool president Mamata Banerjee said all TMC lawmakers voted for the joint opposition candidate, Meira Kumar, in the presidential election to register their protest against “what is going on in the country”. She claimed that Kumar would get the maximum number of votes from West Bengal.

9:50 am: BJP chief Amit Shah, who is an MLA from Gujarat, had also sought permission to cast his vote in Delhi.

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9:45 am: Fifty-five MPs had sought permissions to cast their vote in state capitals. These included Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, his UP counterpart Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya and Union minister Uma Bharti.

9:40 am: In Delhi, 717 MPs were to cast their ballot but only 714 exercised their franchise. The TMC’s Tapas Pal, the BJD’s Ram Chandra Hansdak and Ambumani Ramadoss of the PMK did not cast their votes.

9:35 am: Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Puducherry recorded 100 per cent voting.

9:30 am: The numbers are stacked in favour of the ruling coalition’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind, a former Bihar governor, over the opposition’s candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

9:22 am: NCP leader Sharad Pawar proposed three names — Kumar, former union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Rajya Sabha MP Bhalchandra Mungekar, both Dalits from Maharashtra.

9:15 am: CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury put forward the names of Gopalkrishna Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of B R Ambedkar.

9:05 am: Meira Kumar, a former diplomat and daughter of the late Dalit icon Jagjivan Ram, was the unanimous choice of the 17 opposition parties that attended the meeting.

9:00 am: The last date for filing of nomination was June 28. A notification was issued on June 14.

8:55 am: The candidate who secures at least one vote more than 50 per cent of the total votes will enter into the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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8:45 am: Ballot boxes from 29 state capitals and the union territory of Puducherry have reached Parliament House amid tight security.

8:35 am: Both Kovind and Kumar are from the Dalit community and have canvassed hard by visiting states to seek support of legislators.

8:30 am: Meira Kumar, the former Speaker of Lok Sabha, was announced as the Indian National Congress (INC)-lead opposition’s candidate for the post of President of India, after a meeting held on the June 22, 2017.

8:20 am: Kovind is a leader and a politician from the BJP. Kovind filed his nomination for the election on June 23, 2017.

8:15 am: Ram Nath Kovind, former Governor of Bihar, was announced as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA’s candidate for the post of President of India by BJP president Amit Shah on June 19 2017.

8:10 am: Hours before the counting of ballots for the Presidential election, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind visited Gurudwara Bangla Sahib on Wednesday night.

8:05 am: While the value of an MLA’s vote depends on the population of the state he or she belongs to, the value of an MP’s vote remains the same at 708.

8:00 am: 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.

7:55 am: The numbers are stacked in favour of the ruling coalition’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind over the opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar. Thirty two polling stations including the one in Parliament house, were set up in various states.

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7:50 am: The votes would be counted on four separate tables and there would be eight rounds of counting. An Election Commission official who has witnessed previous two presidential polls said, usually results are declared around 5 PM.

7:45 am: The Presidential election on July 17 saw 100 percent polling of 11 states. A total of 771 members of Parliament and 4,109 legislators were eligible to cast votes. IN total, close to 99 per cent voting was recorded for electing India’s next president.

7:40 am: According to Lok Sabha secretary general Anoop Mishra, who is also the returning officer of the election, the counting would begin at 11 AM. First, the ballot box of Parliament House would be opened, and then, the ballot boxes received from states would be counted on alphabetical basis.

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