Presidential election 2017 counting: Ram Nath Kovind leads against Meira Kumar after round 1, celebrations start at his village in Paraukh

By: | Updated: July 20, 2017 3:52 PM

Presidential elections 2017 counting: Round one of the counting for selecting the next President of India has ended and NDA's candidates Ram Nath Kovind is leading 60,683 votes vs 22,941 for the UPA candidate Meira Kumar.

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Presidential elections 2017 counting: Round one of the counting for selecting the next President of India has ended and NDA’s candidates Ram Nath Kovind is leading 60,683 votes vs 22,941 for the UPA candidate Meira Kumar. However, the writing seems to be on the wall and as the time of the declaration of results gets closer, people have started celebrating in their own way. People at the Paraukh village in Kanpur Dehat are celebrating and offering prayers in anticipation of Ram Nath Kovind’s win – he hails from there. They are celebrating in advance, in a joyous mood in Kanpur too where the stage is set for the 14th President of India. Ram Nath Kovind hails from the Paraukh village in Kanpur Dehat and he will be the first Indian President from Uttar Pradesh.

At a meeting of the NDA MPs which was attended by Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled that the former Bihar governor had worked as a ‘sahyogi’ (aide) of Morarji Desai when he was the PM and said this government will offer all ‘sahyog’ (cooperation) to him. 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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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. If elected, Ram Nath Kovind will be the second Dalit President of India after K R Narayanan.

Earlier in the day, Lok Sabha Secretary General and returning officer for the election Anoop Mishra in a press conference in Delhi said, “The voting was close to 99 per cent. I think this would perhaps be the highest ever percentage.” Before the counting of the votes started, all the ballot boxes were brought from various state capitals to the national capital. The tenure of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee is set to end on July 24.

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