All set for election of next President today, Kovind has clear edge

Election Commission has given nod to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar to cast their votes during Monday’s presidential elections at the legislative assemblies of their respective states

Election Commission has given nod to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar to cast their votes during Monday’s presidential elections at the legislative assemblies of their respective states

Shiv Sena is backing NDA in Presidential Election but always has the previous history of backing different parties for President and Vice-President Elections.

On the other hand, India's main opposition Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi said Sunday that the election is a fight against "narrow-minded communal vision". "All rumours are baseless and should be ignored", he added.

The voting for the presidential poll began at 10 am and will continue till 5 pm.

The ballot boxes from the states will be brought to Delhi for counting on July 20.

Addressing the representatives assembled at the CM's residence, Kovind enumerated his priorities if he becomes president of the India.

Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra was the first to cast his vote followed by deputy leader of the Congress Legislature Party Chiranjib Biswal and Congress MLAs Debendra Sharma and Naba Kishore Das.

Yechury and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge asked all MPs and MLAs exercising their franchise to vote according to their "inner conscience". The EC also gave permission to five MLAs to vote in the Parliament in New Delhi.

Members of both houses of parliament and state assemblies will vote on Monday and ballots will be counted on Thursday. President Pranab Mukherjee's term is expiring on July 25. 10.

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). "Winning or losing is a different issue". "Today is a very important day". If it's just about numbers then why are we going through the whole process. It is expected that Ramnath Kovid as the victor as he has the support of many non-NDA parties all over the country.

"The party has taken a stand and we are making all possible efforts to ensure Meira Kumar wins", he said.

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