Voting for the presidential elections was conducted on Monday, with 776 MPs and 4120 MLAs casting their votes for either Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA presidential candidate or the Meira Kumar, the Opposition’s nominee, in a secret ballot. Kovind is likely to emerge victorious, with nearly 70 per cent of the electorate agreeing to support him. The results will be announced on Thursday, three days before President Pranab Mukherjee’s tenure ends.
See what leaders have said
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Law Minister: Kovind will register a “decisive victory” and would turn out as an “honest” president, who will work hard according to the Constitution. He added, “It would have been better if there was consensus (over Kovind’s nomination). But no issues.”
Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal CM: It is a vote against injustice. For the sake of the country, we urge everyone not to support the BJP and to stand beside the people.
Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh CM: There is no doubt that Ram Nath Kovind will win. This is a matter of pride for the people of Uttar Pradesh, the son of the state is going to become the President.
Uma Bharti, Union Waters Minister: Kovind is winning elections for sure and the margin will be huge.