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Will Uphold Spirit of Constitution: Ram Nath Kovind

Will Uphold Spirit of Constitution: Ram Nath Kovind

Sources say that at least half-a-dozen TMC MLAs of West Bengal set to cross vote in the presidential polls.

Praful Patel, had been reacting to the reports by a private news channel. The Opposition's campaign dealt a severe blow by the JD (U), a Congress ally in Bihar, as it chose to back Kovind after being the first to moot the idea of putting up a joint candidate against the NDA's.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Mr Kovind will see a "decisive victory".

Independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya also supported Kovind stating that he had "old relations" with him.

If media reports are anything to go by, high-level of cross voting has been taken place in the most-anticipated 14th Presidential Election of India.

With both Kovind and Kumar belonging to the Dalit community, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati expressed satisfaction that a Dalit leader would occupy office of the president irrespective of who won the poll.

The MPs who did not cast their vote were Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal, BJD's Rama Chandra Hansdah and Anbumani Ramadoss of PMK.

The arithmetic in the electoral college favours 72-year-old Kovind, who has received support from several key regional parties outside NDA-fold including Telugu Desam Party, Biju Janata Dal, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, and Janata Dal (U).

Mishra said the total strength of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is 776 and 771 MPs were eligible to cast their votes.

Kovind's name was announced as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA's candidate by BJP president Amit Shah on June 19.

President Election in India: Ramnath Kovind and Meria Kumar are the two standing in the President Election today from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi voting during the presidential election.

The ballot boxes are then brought to the capital New Delhi, where all the votes are counted and the results subsequently released.

Before addressing NDA MPs, Modi also addressed a meeting of BJP parliamentary party executive committee. Though BJP government wanted the election to be one-sided and smooth, the opposition backed Meira Kumar and supported her. Pranab is said to be relieved from the position of President on July 25th. Members of Legislative Council (MLCs) will not participate in Presidential Election 2017.


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