Kovind is India’s second Dalit president, after K.R. Narayanan.
Meira Kumar polled 34.35% of valid votes, making her’s the best performance by a losing candidate in the presidential poll in nearly 50 years.
Kovind polled a total of 2,930 votes with the value of 7,02,044 (a total of 65.65% votes) while Kumar got 1,844 votes with a value of 3,67,314.
Members of parliament and legislators in 31 states today turned out in large numbers to vote for the next president of India.
The Election Commission introduced special pens, posters for the presidential polls. Counting is to take place on July 20.
Who will be India’s next president, Ram Nath Kovind or Meira Kumar?
“I am happy because it has exposed the real face of the society, that such a thinking is still prevalent…But I am pained because such issues are still being discussed.”
Seemingly moving past the unpleasantness after backing NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, the JD(U) attended today’s meeting of the non-NDA parties to pick a vice president contender.
The Supreme Court had in 2002 made the filing of affidavits declaring assets and criminal records mandatory in Lok Sabha and assembly polls, but the Election Commission had rejected a similar demand for affidavits in the 2012 elections.
In the run up to the presidential election, the former Lok Sabha speaker may have to answer questions about how she had a bungalow converted into a memorial for her father.
Kovind also said that he had ceased to belong to any political party after he became governor of Bihar in 2015.
The decision to support the former Lok Sabha Speaker was taken in a meeting of 17 opposition parties at the Parliament Library today.
With large states where the Dalit community holds significant sway headed for assembly elections, the Modi government appears to be deliberately acting slowly on the issue.