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Presidential Elections 2017 Live: BJP Looks Beyond Ram Nath Kovind's Win

NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind enjoys the arithmetic advantage over opposition candidate Meira Kumar as elected members of Parliament and legislative assemblies vote to elect the 14th President of India today

News18.com | July 17, 2017, 18:30 IST
NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind’s win over opposition candidate Meira Kumar win is a forgone conclusion when elected lawmakers across the country vote in presidential elections today. The BJP’s focus is now on the victory margin when votes are counted on July 20.

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Jul 17, 2017 18:30 (IST)

NDA vice-presidential candidate will be announced around 7.30pm. BJP president Amit Shah to hold a press conference at party headquarters in New Delhi.

Jul 17, 2017 18:25 (IST)
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Jul 17, 2017 18:04 (IST)

Sacked TMC MLAs, rebel Congress legislator vote for Ram Nath Kovind

Six sacked MLAs of Trinamool Congress (TMC) and one opposition Congress MLA out of the total 60 in Tripura assembly today voted for NDAs presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. “We six MLAs have cast our votes in favour of Ramnath Kovind. We had announced it earlier itself because we cannot vote for a candidate who was supported by CPI-M," Sudip Burman, leader of the group of sacked TMC MLAs told reporters.

Jul 17, 2017 17:48 (IST)

BJP parliamentary board meets to pick vice-presidential candidate

BJP’s parliamentary board meeting to pick its vice-presidential candidate starts in New Delhi. Tuesday is the last day of filing nominations. According to reports, union minister Venkaiah Naidu is the party’s choice, but he is not to keen and wants to remain in active politics. 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.

Jul 17, 2017 17:40 (IST)
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CLICK TO READ | Despite a Certain Victory, Everyone at Kovind's Village Has Fingers Crossed

The village has big plans for July 20 when the presidential election 2017 results are declared. Ram Prakash who is Ram Nath Kovind's classmate is also hoping for an invite when India's second Dalit President after KR Narayanan is sworn in.

Jul 17, 2017 17:26 (IST)

All MLAs in Andhra Pradesh vote in presidential election

All 175 MLAs in Andhra Pradesh exercised their franchise in the presidential election. The polling took place smoothly at the committee hall in the AP Legislature building at Velagapudi. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao were the first to cast their votes. Leader of Opposition and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy led his party MLAs for the voting. However, two of the votes were likely to become invalid since two TDP legislators reportedly wrote their names on the ballot paper.

Jul 17, 2017 17:17 (IST)

Here is all you need to know about NDA presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind:

Jul 17, 2017 16:58 (IST)

Voting for presidential election ends in Madhya Pradesh

The voting for the presidential election ended in the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly premises with 228 legislators casting their votes. “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 said. He said the voting went off smoothly. The MP Assembly has a total strength of 230 members, but the electoral list for today included 228 MLAs.

Jul 17, 2017 16:53 (IST)
Jul 17, 2017 16:53 (IST)

I don't aspire to be Vice President, Says Venkaiah Naidu

Venkaiah Naidu denies he is the top contender for BJP’s vice-presidential polls candidate, says it is all speculation. “Whatever the (BJP) parliamentary board decides will be final. I’m not aspiring to become anything, the party finally decides about the candidature. The meeting is at 6 pm,” he said. 

Jul 17, 2017 16:47 (IST)

Here is all you need to know about the Opposition's presidential pick Meira Kumar:

Jul 17, 2017 16:25 (IST)

All the 81 elected MLAs of Jharkhand Assembly cast their votes to elect the 14th president of the country. 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. As per the strategy made at Chief Minister Raghubar Das residence yesterday, most of the NDA MLAs and other legislators supporting the NDA candidate, arrived together at around 11 am to cast their votes. The opposition MLAs were led by former chief minister and leader of the opposition in the Assembly (of the JMM) Hemant Soren and JPCC president and Congress MLA Sukhdeo Bhagat, cast their votes by noon.

Jul 17, 2017 16:22 (IST)
Jul 17, 2017 15:25 (IST)

"For the sake of the country, we urge everyone to not support BJP and stand beside the people," says Mamata Banerjee.

Jul 17, 2017 14:48 (IST)

"We (TMC) are voting for Meira Kumar as it is a vote against the atrocities of the BJP. The BJP desperately wants numbers but we are pro-people," says Mamata Banerjee. 

Jul 17, 2017 14:36 (IST)

Visuals of LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Farooq Abdullah, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi at the Parliament.

Jul 17, 2017 14:08 (IST)

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis casts his vote in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for Presidential Elections 2017.

Jul 17, 2017 14:01 (IST)

"We were with Meira Kumar during her selection process and filing of nomination," NCP national spokesperson, Nawab Malik.

Jul 17, 2017 13:59 (IST)

"The rumours that NCP MPs and MLAs are voting for Ram Nath Kovind are false. We are voting for our candidate," NCP national spokesperson, Nawab Malik.

Jul 17, 2017 13:58 (IST)

Telangana Chief Minister KC Rao casts his vote in Hyderabad for Presidential Elections 2017

Jul 17, 2017 13:31 (IST)

By voting for Ram Nath Kovind, we've registered our protest against the crimes committed by CPI (M), Congress and TMC, said TMC's Ashish Saha when questioned about cross voting.

Jul 17, 2017 12:47 (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Besides Kovind vs Kumar, It's Yadav vs Yadav Today

Breaking rank, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Yadav are supporting Kovind, defying former chief minister and de facto party chief Akhilesh Yadav who had declared support for Meira Kumar.

Jul 17, 2017 12:47 (IST)

"This is a historic day. We have not compromised on our beliefs. They are thinking about cross voting because the NDA is scared that it will get less votes. We don't believe in negative politics," says Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.

Jul 17, 2017 12:31 (IST)

"Have urged the collegium to listen to their conscience. The decision will be taken in India's favour," says opposition's Presidential candidate Meira Kumar.

Jul 17, 2017 12:29 (IST)

The CPI (M), which is backing Meira Kumar, urged voters, comprising MPs and MLAs, to pick the ‘custodian of the Constitution’ thoughtfully. “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.

Jul 17, 2017 12:22 (IST)

"There's been a lot of excitement and energy in the camp as we fight for her (Meira Kumar’s) principles. It's not a question of numbers, only the conscience matters. Nothing matters more than the conscience,” Meira Kumar’s son, Anshul.

Jul 17, 2017 12:12 (IST)

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Biju Patnaik casts his vote for Presidential Elections 2017 at Odisha Assembly.

Presidential Elections 2017 Live: BJP Looks Beyond Ram Nath Kovind's Win
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