How do we elect the President of India?

The election for the next president of India will be held on Monday where NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind is pitted against the opposition’s nominee Meira Kumar

The election for the next president of India will be held on Monday where NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind is pitted against the opposition’s nominee Meira Kumar

The President is chosen by an electoral college comprising all the MPs and MLAs in the country, with weighted votes apportioned. Lok Sabha Secretary General has been appointed returning officer for the poll. Mr Sinha, who had gone to Dehradun in connection with the school-related matter of his ward, had requested the Election Commission to grant him permission to cast his vote in Dehradun and the apex election body accepted his request. The value of an MLA's vote depends on the population of the state he or she represents.

There are two candidates in the fray for the coveted post - National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind and Opposition's candidate Meira Kumar.

PM Narendra Modi casts his vote at Parliament for Presidential Polls 2017.

As per the election rules, political parties can not issue any whip to their MPs and MLAs for the presidential election. Two observers will be in the Parliament while one each would be in the legislative assemblies in each state.

The candidate who secures at least one vote more than 50 per cent of the total votes will enter into the Majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan. Both the candidates campaigned in UP with Kovind launching his electioneering from UP on June 25 while Kumar paid visit to the state on Fridaylast. Out of the 245 sanctioned strength of MPs in the Rajya Sabha 12 of them are nominated by the president, thus the total number of Rajya Sabha MPs counted for presidential election comes at 233. He only needs the support of a couple of neutral parties to sail through.

The BJP has the most MPs in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha and rules the most states. However, they are not in either of the camp and likely to play the key role to elect a new President. Rebel SP MLA Shivpal Singh Yadav has already announced his support for NDA candidate while SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav too have shown his inclination towards Kovind. The 71-year-old Dalit Politician was Governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017. The DMK has no representation in Lok Sabha but has four MPs in Rajya Sabha.

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