Ramnath Kovind wins the race to Raisina, becomes 14th President of India

Ramnath Kovind wins the race to Raisina, becomes 14th President of India”

In states like West Bengal (TMC-ruled), Karnataka (Cong-ruled) and Punjab (Cong-ruled), Kumar was able to get more votes than Kovind.

Mr. Kovind is the first President with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) background.

Kovind was a former President of the BJP Dalit Morcha between 1998-2002 and President of the All-India Koli Samaj. In the last presidential election in 2012, Pranab Mukherjee had defeated PA Sangma and got over 69 per cent votes.

A total of 4,896 voters - 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs - were eligible to cast their ballot. Polling was held simultaneously at 32 polling stations - one in Parliament House and one each in 29 state assemblies and two union territories with assemblies. The Congress, however, put up a courageous front."BJP, which had claimed that it would get 70 per cent of votes, should examine on why it polled only 65.65 per cent. This was not the ambition of my life", Kovind said, thanking those who voted for him. "Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure", tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"I congratulate Kovind Ji".

The Prime Minister also praised Kovind's rival in election and Opposition's candidate Meira Kumar for her campaign.

Ever since the day of July 20 started every Indian was waiting for its 14th new president. Kovind isn't actually the first Dalit president, the first coming in 1997, notes NBC News.

In Bihar, the opposition's appeal for "conscience voting", especially to JD (U) legislators after Nitish Kumar made a decision to support Kovind, fell on deaf ears.

NDA's nominee Ram Nath Kovind has been elected as the India's 14 president by defeating opposition candidate Meira Kumar. Kumar said that her fight for secularism, the oppressed and the marginalised would continue. It is clear that BJP candidate Ram Nath Kovind is likely to be the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The election was a cake walk for Mr. Kovind.

The results of the presidential polls will be declared on Friday.

"I want to congratulate Ram Nath Kovind on his election as the President of India".

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