Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Prez poll to see direct contest between Ramnath Kovind, Meira Kumar

Prez poll to see direct contest between Ramnath Kovind, Meira Kumar

Earlier, the six TMC MLAs were sacked from the party after they had openly announced their support to the NDAs presidential candidate.

Shah was to address a public rally in Gandhinagar while Kovind was to meet MPs and MLAs.Vaghani said, "Gujarat BJP in-charge Bhupendra Yadav will accompany them".

Praful Patel, had been reacting to the reports by a private news channel.

Welcoming Mr Kovind to the NDA meeting, the Prime Minister recalled how Mr Kovind had worked as Morarji Desai's "sahyogi" when Desai was PM, and said the government will offer all "sahyog" (cooperation) to him. "I wish the next President of our country every success and an accomplished tenure in safeguarding the constitutional values for the people of the nation", the Chief Minister said on Facebook.

UPA candidate Meira Kumar and NDA nominee Ramnath Kovind. In all permutation and combination, the opposition candidate Meira Kumar, who has been able to garner the support of 17 opposition parties will lose the election with significant margin.

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The candidature of Kumar, a former Lok Sabha Speaker, has been supported by 16 opposition parties including the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, CPI (M), SP, BSP, DMK, JD (S) among others.

In order to ensure a 100% turnout, the Election Commission (EC) today allowed 14 Rajya Sabha MPs and 41 Lok Sabha MPs to vote in state assemblies for presidential polls tomorrow. The counting of votes will be on July 20 at 11 AM. MP AU Singh Deo said Kovind has assured to work impartially, while BJD vice-president and minister SN Patro said the presidential candidate has "assured to protect interest of Orissa". All these MLAs, who met Kovind during his recent visit to the Assam capital Guwahati, are likely to join the BJP any day after July 22.

The BJP's unapologetic flaunting of Kovind's Dalit identity also helped bring many non-NDA players to its side.

In the 2012 elections, Pranab Mukherjee garnered 7,13,763 votes, while Pratibha Patil secured 6,38,116 votes in the previous polls in 2007.

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