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Kovind first President from Sangh, cross-voting boosts margin
Former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind will become India’s 14th President and the first RSS man to hold the post, winning a contest marked by cross-voting in his favor in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Goa as well as among Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha members.
Kovind, who will be sworn in as President on July 25, defeated the opposition candidate, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, in a one-sided contest by garnering close to 66% of the vote. BJP managers estimated that Kovind received around 115 additional MLA votes beyond the NDA kitty in states.