Srinagar: Ram Nath Kovind has been elected as the 14th President of India. He won the Presidential contest beating Meira Kumar of the Opposition. Kovind, the former Governor of Bihar, has served as a BJP MP in the Rajya Sabha as well.
After final rounds on counting in Presidential polls in the Lok Sabha building, on Thursday National Democratic Alliance candidate Ram Nath Kovind was declared the winner by the returning officer Anoop Mishra. Kovind defeated her nearest and only rival Opposition candidate Meira with a huge margin. While Ram Nath Kovind swept the elections by winning states including Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, Meira Kumar managed to win some states including Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir. As per results, Kovind got 65.65 percent votes of the electoral college. Kovind got 522 MPs (3,69,576 vote value) whereas Meira Kumar got 225 MPs (1,59,300 vote value) in the Parliament.
A total of 4,896 voters — 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs — were eligible to cast their ballot to elect the president. MLCs of states with legislative council are not part of the Electoral College.