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.
The BJP is expected to announce their vice-presidential candidate after a meeting with Prime Minister Modi and the party’s parliamentary board.
Mongolians voted on Friday in a second round of presidential elections as cynicism runs high and investors try to predict the country’s economic recovery.
The frontrunners are the ruling Mongolian People’s Party candidate Miyeegombo Enkhbold, and Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party.
Despite his background, Kovind never raised any questions directly about atrocities against Dalits.
Given Kovind’s views on social justice and empowerment, choosing a leader like him as the presidential candidate was a more natural choice for the Sangh parivar than any radical shift in its traditional position on the caste system.
Opposition parties will meet to take a final decision on their strategy on June 22.
Dalit leader Kovind is a two-time Rajya Sabha member, former BJP national spokesperson and headed the party’s Scheduled Caste Morcha between 1999 and 2002.
No candidate’s names have been announced so far by the ruling party or the opposition.
While the BJP had said its three-member committee will meet the Congress on Friday to select a consensus presidential candidate, Congress insists it has not received any formal proposal yet.
The election will be held through ballot papers instead of EVMs since the technology for proportional election and single transferable vote is yet to be developed.
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