Presidential election 2017 Live Updates: Polling ends, counting to be held on July 20

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Presidential election 2017 Live updates: Polling to elect 14th President of India ended at 5 pm today. The poll result will be announced on July 20.

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Presidential election 2017 Live updates: Polling to elect 14th President of India ended at 5 pm today. The poll result will be announced on July 20. The fight is between NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar who has been backed by 17 Opposition Parties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already congratulated Kovind yesterday in advance. According to reports, Kovind is set to get 70 per cent votes. Both candidates belong to Dalit community. In a big setback to Opposition unity, JD(U) led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had supported Kovind’s candidature. Kovind is a former Bihar Governor and Meira Kumar held the position of Lok Sabha Speaker. Kovind filed his nomination for the election on June 23, 2017. President Pranab Mukherjee’s term is expiring on July 25. In the last presidential election in 2012, Pranab Mukherjee had defeated P.A. Sangma and got over 69 per cent votes.

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4:55 pm: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala and legislators from the state cast their vote in the presidential election.

4:54 pm: Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues along with CPI(M)-led ruling LDF legislators exercised their vote at the state assembly.

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4:52 pm: CPI(M) veteran and former Chief Minister V S Achuthanandandn and Congress leader Oommen Chandy were among prominent MLAs to cast their votes, assembly officials said. The lone BJP MLA O Rajagopal was among the early voters.

4:50 pm: The voting for the presidential election concluded at the state secretariat today with 180 out of total 182 members of the Gujarat Assembly having exercised their franchise.

4:49 pm: BJP president Amit Shah, who represents Naranpura seat of Ahmedabad, cast his vote in Delhi, while the lone JD(U) MLA, Chhotu Vasava, refrained from voting as a mark of protest.

4:47 pm: In the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, the ruling BJP has 122 MLAs, while the Congress has 57, the NCP has two and the JD(U) one.

4:45 pm: The voting for the presidential election ended in the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly premises today with 228 legislators casting their votes.

4:40 pm: “All the 228 MLAs in the electoral list cast their votes with special pens provided to them by 3.05 pm, almost two hours before the polling to close,” an Election Commission (EC) official told PTI.

4:35 pm: All the 81 elected MLAs of Jharkhand Assembly today cast their votes to elect the 14th president of the country.

4:30 pm: The NDA polling agent at the Jharkhand Assembly polling station and Urban Development and Transport Minister C P Singh told media, all the 81 elected MLAs had exercised their franchise by 1.30 pm.

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4:20 PM: Voting to elect the next President of India concluded in the Rajasthan Assembly today, with 199 legislators out of 200 exercising their franchise. Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot cast his vote in Gujarat.

4:15 PM: Polling for presidential elections commenced at 10 am and concluded at 2.15 pm with all 199 legislators exercising their franchise, an assembly spokesperson said.

4:10 PM: The Rajasthan Assembly has 200 MLAs. BJP has 161 MLAs, Congress 24, four of NPP, two each of Zamindara Party and BSP, and seven independent.

4:00 pm: “This is a matter of pride for the people of Uttar Pradesh, the son of the state is going to become the President,” he said.

3:55 pm: Both Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya have not yet resigned from the Lok Sabha and are voters as MPs.

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3:50 pm: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday dismissed reports that its lawmakers were voting for the NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the Presidential election.

3:45 pm: “The rumours that NCP MPs and MLAs are voting for the NDA presidential candidate are false. We are voting for our candidate, Meira Kumar,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said in a statement.

3:40 pm: The legislators of Arunachal Pradesh Assembly today cast their votes to elect the next president of the country.

3:35 pm: Of the total 59 members in a house of 60, 58 exercised their franchise. Health and Family Welfare minister Jomde Kena did not cast his vote as he was in Delhi.

3:32 pm: It’s vote against injustice. For sake of country we urge everyone to not support BJP and stand beside people, the West Bengal CM said

3:30 pm: Vote for Meira Kumar to vote against BJP atrocities, says Mamata Banerjee, according to Times Now report.

3:25 pm: Voting for the presidential election in Tamil Nadu was over in just about two hours today with 232 legislators, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, and a Kerala MLA casting their votes at the Assembly secretariat conference hall.

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3:20 pm: Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu, Rajesh Lakhoni said the ballot box would be sealed at 5 PM and taken to Delhi by a 9.10 PM flight.

3:15 pm: PM Modi said the campaigns by the two presidential candidates and parties supporting them had been very dignified and showed the maturity of the Indian democracy.

3:10 pm: He had earlier posted a tweet saying, “The presidential poll this time is historic. Probably for the first time no party made any undignified or unwarranted comment on the rival candidate.”

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3:06 pm: Legislators were not allowed to carry their personal pens inside the voting chamber and were provided with a specially-designed marker to mark their ballots as per the Election Commission’s instructions.

3:00 pm: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that Bihar ki beti will lose the Presidential election. Meira Kumar hails from Bihar.

2:55pm: Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have reached Parliament to caste their votes.

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2:35 pm: The voting for the presidential election began in the Telangana Legislative Assembly today with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao casting the first vote. The value each MLA’s vote in Telangana is 132.

2:30 pm: In the 119-member Telangana Legislative assembly, excluding a nominated member who doesn’t have voting right in the presidential election, the ruling TRS has a strength of 82, followed by Congress (19), MIM (7), BJP (5), TDP (3), CPI (1), CPI-M (1)and Independent (1). There are 17 Lok Sabha members and 10 Rajya Sabha members from Telangana.

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2:27 pm: 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.

2:23 pm: “The president should be a person pursuing an ideology under which everybody should be equal for him. And when there is a clash of ideologies, I think our candidate (Kumar) is the best,” Azad, the Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, said.

2:20 pm: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar and senior Akali leader Parkash Singh Badal were among those who cast their votes for the presidential poll today.

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2:20 pm: The Old Committee Room in the Assembly was the designated polling station in Haryana, while in Punjab, the polling was being held in the Assembly complex.

2:15 pm: Voting for the presidential election was underway at the West Bengal Assembly with several legislators casting their votes. Subrata Mukherjee, Rajiv Banerjee, Shashi Panja and Lakshmi Ratan Shukla were among the prominent Trinamool Congress MLAs to cast their votes.

2:11 pm: “Today is a very important day. Today, the collegium will take a decision and you all know I am a candidate in this contest to fight the battle of ideology,” Meira Kumar said today.

2:07 pm: The former Lok Sabha speaker said that the ideology of “social justice, inclusiveness, secularism, transparency, freedom of expression and press, poverty alleviation and total destruction of caste system” binds India together. It is very important that “we protect and preserve it”, she said.

2:02 pm: Telangana CM KC Rao casts his vote in Hyderabad for Presidential Poll 2017

2:00 pm: Hundred per cent polling was recorded in the voting for the presidential election in Himachal with all 67 MLAs casting their vote. One seat is lying vacant in the 68-member House following death of Congress MLA Karan Singh.

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1:57 pm: On the other hand, The UPA candidate Meira Kumar could not visit Odisha in the run up to the presidential election since her tour was cancelled.

1:55 pm: While there are 117 BJD MLAs in the 147-member Odisha Assembly, the Congress has 16 legislators, the BJP 10, the CPI-M and the Samata Kranti Dal have one MLA each.

1:53 pm: Meanwhile, NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind is being supported by the ruling BJD in Odisha. Kovind was in Odisha on July 14 and met leaders of BJD and BJP at separate meetings in the state capital.

1:50 pm: The electoral college for the election consists of 790 MPs of the two chambers of Parliament. The ruling bloc enjoys an overwhelming majority in the electoral college and BJP has expressed confidence about garnering anywhere between 500 and 550 votes.

1:47 pm: An alliance of 18 opposition parties, including the Congress, has already announced Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its candidate for vice presidential poll scheduled for August 5. July 18 is the last date for filing of nominations.

1:43 pm: Names of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and O Rajagopal are being mentioned as probables.

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1:40 pm: Meanwhile, the BJP parliamentary board will meet in the evening to pick the ruling NDA’s vice presidential candiadate. The meeting is expected after the voting for the presidential poll ends.

1:38 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejirwal today said MLAs should vote in the presidential poll according to their conscience. Earlier in the day, an opposition BJP MLA had claimed that “10-12 legislators” of the ruling AAP had voted for the NDA’s candidate, Ram Nath Kovind.

1:33 pm: “We are supporting Meira Kumar (opposition presidential candidate). All should vote following their conscience,” Kejriwal, who cast his vote in the Delhi assembly, said in response.

1:30 pm: I have decided to vote for Ram Nath Kovind in the Presidential Election 2017, Samajwadi Party MLA Shivpal Yadav told ANI.

1:28 pm: Voting for the presidential election began at the Goa secretariat at Porvorim this morning with chief minister Manohar Parrikar among those to cast vote in the first one hour.

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1:25 pm: Goa Assembly has 40 members. However, 38 MLAs are eligible to vote in today’s election as Vishwajit Rane (Congress) and Siddharth Kuncolienkar (BJP) have resigned.

1:22 pm: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami casting the first vote. Followed by Palaniswami, his cabinet colleagues, including Forest Minister Dindigul Srinivasan, Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani, Milk and Dairy Development Minister Rajendra Balaji, Speaker P Dhanapal and Leader of Opposition M K Stalin cast their votes.

1:19 pm: Of the 234 MLAs in the state, excluding the RK Nagar constituency, which had fallen vacant after the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, all others are eligible to vote.

1:17 pm: Meanwhile, reports say Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu is likely to be NDA’s vice presidential nominee. A meeting will be held this evening.

1:15 pm: The CPI(M), which is backing Meira Kumar, urged voters, comprising MPs and MLAs, to pick the custodian of the Constitution thoughtfully.

1:12 pm: “Hope the Electoral College picks the custodian of India’s Constitution thoughtfully: Vote to uphold Constitutional Values of our Republic,” party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Twitter.

1:10 pm: PM Narendra Modi cast his vote earlier this morning. Take a look at his tweet

1:05 pm: I have voted for Ram Nath Kovind and his victory is obvious, Shivpal Yadav told ABP News.

1:03 pm: Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav claimed that cross voting was going on in Presidential Poll 2017

1:00 pm: Venkaiah Naidu refused to comment on the BJP parliamentary board’s meeting to pick the ruling alliance’s vice presidential candidate. Let the presidential poll get over first, he said.

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12:55 pm: The voting for the presidential election started at the Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai this morning with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who is an MLA from Nagpur, among the early voters.

12:50 pm: As voting to elect India’s next president got underway this morning, the BJP exuded confidence that its candidate Ram Nath Kovind would win with a “comfortable” margin while the opposition CPI(M) asked the electoral college to vote thoughtfully and uphold the Constitution.

12:45 pm:  I will vote for Ram Nath Kovind as President. Majority of Samajwadi Party MLAs will vote for the NDA candidate, says Shivpal Yadav.

12:42 PM: 40 political parties are supporting Ram Nath Kovind. We are nationalist and represent the ethos of India, says Ravishankar Prasad.

12:39 PM: Fighting battle of ideologies, had urged collegium to listen to voice of their conscience and decision will be taken in India’s favor, says Meira Kumar.

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12:37 pm: Voting by using any other pen may lead to invalidation of the vote at the time of counting under Rule 31 (1) (d) of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections Rules 1974.

12:35 pm: In another first, special posters have been prepared for do’s and dont’s so as to ensure a peaceful poll session, use of only ECI pen, maintenance of secrecy and non-issuance of whip etc.

12:32 pm: Before entering into the voting chamber, the polling staff will collect the personal pens, if anyone is possessing and will give the ECI special pen to MPs/MLAs for marking ballot. The special pen will be taken back once the member comes out of the voting chamber.

12:27 pm: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has come up with new initiatives ahead of the Presidential election today. This time unique serial numbered special pens of violet ink are being supplied centrally by the Election Commission so as to ensure that only instrument supplied by the poll watchdog is used for marking the ballot.

12:23 pm: The voting for the Presidential polls began from 10 a.m. and will last till 5 p.m. The counting of the votes will take place on July 20.

12:20 pm:  Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Ministers K.P. Maurya and Dinesh Sharma were also optimistic regarding Kovind’s victory. “I am confident that Ram Nath Kovind will appear as the winner with huge difference,” Maurya said.”Ramnath Kovind will win. It won’t be surprising if other also support him,” said Dinesh Sharma.

12:15 pm: “We have no doubt over the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) nominee, Ram Nath Kovind, winning the election with a huge majority. It is a matter of pride for Uttar Pradesh to give the President to India for the first time,” Adityanath said after casting his vote.

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12:13 pm: “The nominees of both, the NDA and the Opposition, are from the Dalit community. This is the first time that Dalit candidates are being pitched from both the sides. Losing-winning is different. But the good part is that, a Dalit will become the President of India. It is a huge victory for our movement and party,” Mayawati said.

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12:10 pm: Odisha CM Naveen Biju Patnaik casts his vote for Presidential Election at Odisha Assembly

12:05 pm: Adityanath asserted that Kovind will win with huge majority, whereas Mayawati said that whosoever wins, it will be a win for Dalits and for their party.

12:00 pm: All NCP MPs and MLAs have voted for Meira Kumar, says NCP’s Praful Patel.

11:55 am: Voting began at 10 AM and will continue till 5 PM. A total of 32 polling stations — one in Parliament House and one each in the state legislative assemblies — have been set up, officials said.

11:50 am: The Election Commission has appointed 33 observers who are overseeing the conduct of the election. While two observers are present in Parliament House, one each is deployed in the respective state assemblies.

11:45 am: Both Kovind, former Bihar governor, and Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker, have held a series of meetings across states to mobilise support for their candidature.

11:24 am: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu has cast his vote for Presidential Poll 2017.

11:22 am: Meanwhile, Lok Sabha was adjourned till tomorrow after giving obituary to former members and victims of Amarnath Terror Attack

11:20 am: NDA President candidate will come through. Happy that vast majority of votes from West Bengal will go to Meira Kumar: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.

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11:17 am: NCP has said that Ram Nath Kovind will win and it will be victory for NDA, says Times Now report.

11:15 am:The joint opposition candidate for the post of vice president Gopalkrishna Gandhi is likely to file his nomination papers on Tuesday, the last date for doing so, in the presence of top Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

11:12 am: As per PTI report, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, whose candidature was endorsed by 18 non-NDA parties, including the JD-U, will also be accompanied by top opposition leaders, including those from the Left parties and TMC.

11:10 am: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje casts her vote.

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11:07 am: BSP President Mayawati has said that irrespective of who wins, next President will be from Scheduled Caste. Huge victory for our movement and party, says former UP CM.

11:05 am: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has arrived at Assembly in Bhopal to cast his vote.

11:03 am: Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has lashed out at the Opposition for selecting Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their Vice Presidential candidate.

11:01 am: Ashish Saha, Trinamool Congress MLA from Tripura claimed that MLAs from Tripura will vote for Ram Nath Kovind.

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11:00 am: Meanwhile, imprisoned NCP leaders Chhagan Bhujbal and Ramesh Kadam, who were both arrested in a corruptions case, will be brought to Maharashtra Assembly to cast their votes.

10:57 am: The order to allow Kadam to vote was given by Bombay High Court on Friday. The court, in its order, had said that Kadam shall be brought back to jail after he casts his vote.

10:55 am: Voting for Presidential Poll 2017 underway at Assam’s Guwahati Legislative Assembly; Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also cast his vote.

10:52 am: DMK working president MK Stalin has cast his vote at Tamil Nadu Assembly.

1:51 am: Rift in Trinamool Congress as 6 party MLAs to cross vote, as per Times Now report

10:47 am: Meanwhile, Opposition leaders have met at Ghulam Nabi Azad’s house as Opposition meet currently underway in Parliament.

10:45 am: After he demits office, I will get more time to spend with him, says President Pranab’s son Abhijeet Mukherjee.

10:43 am: Last time when I voted as an MLA, I voted for my father. But this time the person for whom I wil vote will lose, says President Pranab’s son Abhijeet Mukherjee.

10:41 am: PM Modi said the campaigns by the two presidential candidates and parties supporting them had been very dignified and showed the maturity of the Indian democracy.

10:37 am: He had earlier posted a tweet saying, “The presidential poll this time is historic. Probably for the first time no party made any undignified or unwarranted comment on the rival candidate.”

10:35 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, as per PTI report.

10:32 am: BJP President Amit Shah has cast his vote at the Parliament.

10:30 am: This session gives the country an opportunity to elect the president and the vice president, says PM Narendra Modi.

10:24 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has arrived at UP Assembly to cast his vote

10:21 am: MLAs have queued up at Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly to cast their votes for Presidential election.

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10:19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other ministers cast votes in Parliament.

10:17 am: All major political parties of Bihar yesterday had held meetings to discuss strategy on the Presidential election which has begun this morning. The meetings of various parties, specially of the JD(U) and RJD grand alliance assume significance in the backdrop of surcharged political atmosphere due to the ongoing acrimony in the alliance.

10:15 am: “The arithmetic apparently shows that the ruling party is in a comfortable position because they have their own numbers for winning the elections. But, at the same time this has given a political opportunity to the Oppositions to come together. Most important aspect of this development is that the unity and the strength of the Opposition are now obviously visible and this is sending some kind of panic waves to the ruling party,” Memon said.

10:10 am: Another NCP leader Majid Memon told ANI that the arithmetic apparently shows that the ruling party is in a comfortable position because they have their own numbers for winning the elections.

10:06 am: Talking to ANI, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said, “I believe that this fight is not between two persons but between two ideologies. We will get to see that whether the Gandhian ideology wins or an orthodox ideology wins.”

10:04 am: BJP President Amit Shah arrives at Parliament.

10:00 am: Polling for Presidential election has begun.

9:58 am: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday said that the Presidential election is a fight between two different ideologies, and not between two persons.

9:57 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already congratulated Ram Nath Kovind in advance and assured him of his government’s support, a day before the election to the top constitutional post.

9:55 am: Lok Sabha MP and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar have been permitted to cast their votes in their state as they have not yet given up their Parliament membership.

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9:53 am: Preparations underway at Karnataka Legislative Assembly ahead of the poll, as per ANI report.

9:51 am: While Parrikar is a Rajya Sabha member, Adityanath and Maurya are Lok Sabha members.

9:48 am: Besides these two, 14 Rajya Sabha members and 41 Lok Sabha members have also been permitted to cast their votes in the states of their preference. Most of the MPs who would vote in their respective assemblies belong to the Trinamool Congress.

9:45 am: The ECI allowed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, an MLA from Gujarat and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi to cast their votes from New Delhi for tomorrow’s Presidential elections.

9:42 am: Ram Nath Kovind ji will win with a comfortable and respectable margin, says Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

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9:40 am: The MPs will vote on Green ballots and the MLAs will vote on pink ballots. Ballot boxes from states will be flown and stored in Room 62 of the Parliament.

9:37 am: Since many MPS are not present in New Delhi and many MLAs are not present in their respective states, so the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday allowed concession to some of such MPs and MLAs.

9:35 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to cast their votes at 10 am in the Parliament.

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9:33 am: The voting will be held between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Paper ballots will be used in the presidential election and the votes will be valid only if the special violet ink pen is used to vote.

9:30 am: UPA candidate Meira Kumar has support of parties like Indian National Congress (INC), The Nationalist Congress Party ( NCP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samajwadi Party ( BSP), Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP), Rashtirya Janata Dal (RJD), All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Revolutionary Socialist Party (R SP), Kerala Congress (M) (KC-M), The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), The Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Communist Party of India (CPI), Jammua and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC).

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9:25 am: Though the poll result will be announced on July 20, it is expected that Kovind will emerge as winner as he has also support of non- NDA parties like All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP), Janata Dal- United (JD-U), Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and independents.

9:22 am: The value of an MLA’s vote depends on the population of the state he or she represents. But the value of the vote of an MP does not vary — it is 708.

9:20 am: The total strength of Electoral college is 10,98,903 votes. Members of Legislative Council (MLCs) don’t take part in the election of President of India.

9:19 am: The president is elected by an electoral college consisting of the elected members of both houses of parliament, the elected members of the Legislative assemblies of the 29 states and the elected members of the legislative assemblies of the Union Territories of Delhi and Puducherry.

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9:17 am: Both Kovind and Kumar are from the Dalit community and have canvassed hard by visiting states to seek support of legislators.

9:15 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.

9:13 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. Kovind is a leader and a politician from the BJP. Kovind filed his nomination for the election on June 23, 2017.

9:10 am: BJP parliamentary board meeting on Vice Presidential candidate scheduled to take place at BJP headquarters later today.

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9:07 am: BJP supporters perform ‘hawan’ for NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind’s victory in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh.

9:03 am: Rehearsal for the swearing-in ceremony of the new President has begun at Delhi’s Vijay Chowk.

9:00 am: The polling will begin at 10 am and culminate at 5 pm. Leaders of opposition parties to meet at 10 am today in the Parliament.

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