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Jul 20, 2017
21:55 (IST)
Nitish Kumar Likely To Attend Ram Nath Kovind's Oath Ceremony: Sources
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who broke ranks with the Opposition to support the NDA-backed presidential candidate, is likely to attend the oath ceremony of Ram Nath Kovind as India's 14th President at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi on July 25.
Jul 20, 2017
20:22 (IST)
Presidential Election 2017: Cross-Voting In Presidential Poll Flashes Warning Signs For Opposition
Ram Nath Kovind's election as the next president of India was never in doubt but the large scale cross-voting in seven states throws up a big worry for the opposition, especially ahead of polls in Gujarat later this year.
Jul 20, 2017
20:22 (IST)
PM Modi's Blast From The Past

As Ram Nath Kovind becomes the President of India, PM Modi dug out an old photo of both of them, much younger, and tweeted it. Mr Kovind also admitted that it was an "emotional moment" for him.

Take a look at this photo of PM Modi with Ram Nath Kovind  from 20 years ago.


Jul 20, 2017
20:13 (IST)
Picture of The Day!


Jul 20, 2017
18:59 (IST)
Opinion: What Modi Has Accomplished With Kovind's Election As President
The Mandal kamandal discourse that dominated Indian politics in the last three decades has finally come full circle with the election of Ram Nath Kovind as the new President of India. This is the first time in Indian history that the President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister belong to the Dalit and OBC communities.
Jul 20, 2017
18:56 (IST)
President-elect Ram Nath Kovind's daughter Swati said that people from "all over India are celebrating." She also said that "It is a proud moment" for her family.

Jul 20, 2017
18:47 (IST)
Watch: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind Addresses The Nation After His Win

Jul 20, 2017
18:41 (IST)
Senior leaders and political parties congratulated Ram Nath Kovind for being elected the 14th President of India. Here are a few:

Jul 20, 2017
18:37 (IST)
A brief history about the Presidents of India:

Jul 20, 2017
18:33 (IST)
"It's a great responsibility," says President-elect Ram Nath Kovind on win


Jul 20, 2017
18:30 (IST)
Click on the tweet below to know about all 14 Presidents of India:

Jul 20, 2017
18:21 (IST)
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated Ram Nath Kovind after he won the presidential election. Mr Singh wished President-elect Ram Nath Kovind "success and a great future".

Jul 20, 2017
18:17 (IST)
NDA's Vice Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu congratulated Ram Nath Kovind for being elected the 14th President of India

Jul 20, 2017
18:09 (IST)
Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated Ram Nath Kovind for being elected the 14th President of India.

Jul 20, 2017
17:55 (IST)
Opposition's presidential candidate Meira Kumar, who lost the election to Ram Nath Kovind, thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders who supported her. She said that "My fight for secularism, the oppressed & the marginalised continues. I thank all my well wishers for their support & good wishes."


Jul 20, 2017
17:49 (IST)
Speaking after the result was declared, opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar said, "I congratulate Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji for becoming the President of India. My best wishes are with Shri Kovind ji as it has fallen upon him to uphold the Constitution in letter and spirit in these challenging times."


Jul 20, 2017
17:40 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a 20-year-old photograph of himself with President-elect Ram Nath Kovind. The message along with the photograph read: "20 years ago and the present...always been a privilege to know you, President Elect"


(Photos: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared two photographs with President-elect Ram Nath Kovind - One from 20 years ago, and another which was taken recently)
Jul 20, 2017
17:33 (IST)
Know Your President

A brief history about President-elect Ram Nath Kovind:

1) Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, is a farmer's son and in known for his humble origins and simple lifestyle.

2) Born on October 1, 1945, in Kanpur Dehat, Ram Nath Kovind is a commerce graduate. He pursued law from Kanpur University.

3) Mr Kovind practiced in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for more than 15 years.

4) He is married to Savita Kovind and has a son and a daughter.

5) Mr Kovind is the former president of BJP Dalit Morcha. He has also served as the BJP's national spokesperson.

6) He was also a two-time Rajya Sabha member from the state of Uttar Pradesh between 1994-2000 and 2000-06.

7) Mr Kovind had worked as a top aide to former Prime Minister Morarji Desai and has represented India at the United Nations in New York.

8) He has also been a member of several Parliamentary Committees, including the committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Social Justice and Empowerment, and Law and Justice.

9) He was appointed as the Governor of Bihar by the Centre three years ago. The septuagenarian became the 36th Governor of Bihar in August 2015. His appointment had surprised many state leaders and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had voiced his displeasure over not being consulted. Though, during his term in Bihar, Governor Kovind hadn't run into no controversy with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

10) If elected, he will be the second Dalit President after KR Narayanan to hold the nation's highest office.

Jul 20, 2017
17:29 (IST)
Congratulating Ram Nath Kovind for his victory in the presidential election, BJP president Amit Shah said, "Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji for an emphatic victory in the 2017 Presidential elections. His victory is truly historic".


(Photo: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind with BJP president Amit Shah)
Jul 20, 2017
17:24 (IST)
President-elect Ram Nath Kovind's Address To The Nation:

In his victory speech, Ram Nath Kovind reached out to the farmer and the common man. Mr Kovind said: "It has been raining in Delhi since the morning. Rains remind me of my village, of our kachcha home with walls of mud and a roof that could not repel water during the monsoon. My siblings and I used to stand and wait for the rains to end. Today there are many Ram Nath Kovinds who are getting wet in the rain, working hard, toiling in the fields for one square meal in the evening. Today I want to tell them that I will be their representative in the Rashtrapati Bhavan."


(Photo: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind's address to the nation after winning the presidential election. He will be sworn-in as the 14th President of India on July 25)
Jul 20, 2017
17:18 (IST)
Ram Nath Kovind's Speech After Winning The 2017 Presidential Election

Speaking after his victory, President-elect Ram Nath Kovind said, "Me being elected President is a message for a person who has walked on an honest path. Thoughts of serving my nation have brought me this far". He went on to say that "My job will be to uphold and protect the Constitution of India".

"I salute all the people of India," Mr Kovind said as he narrated that "I never thought that I will become president one day. It was never my goal. But for the country, for society, my hard work has brought me till here".

"I congratulate and thank opposition candidate Meira Kumar," he said. Speaking about his responsibility as India's first citizen, Mr Kovind said, "It is a great responsibility to be elected to the post that has been graced by great men like Dr Rajendraprasad, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Shri Pranab Mukherjee".

On his victory, he said "Personally this a emotional moment for me."

Speaking about his humble background as a farmer's son, Mr Kovind said, "It has been raining in Delhi since the morning. Rains remind me of my village, of our kachcha home with walls of mud and a roof that could not repel water during the monsoon. My siblings and I used to stand and wait for the rains to end. Today there are many Ram Nath Kovinds who are getting wet in the rain, working hard, toiling in the fields for one square meal in the evening. Today I want to tell them that I will be their representative in the Rashtrapati Bhavan."

Jul 20, 2017
16:58 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also shared a photograph of Mr Kovind and him from 20 years ago, and said that it has "always been a privilege to know you, President Elect"

Jul 20, 2017
16:55 (IST)
PM Modi also congratulated Meira Kumar, who was the opposition's candidate for the post of president, for her campaign. Speaking about Meira Kumar's campaign, Prime Minister Modi said it "was in spirit of the democratic ethos and values we all are proud of."

Jul 20, 2017
16:49 (IST)
Prime Minister Modi also thanked members of the electoral college. He also appreciated the support given by lawmakers and state legislators for supporting Ram Nath Kovind.

Jul 20, 2017
16:46 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Ram Nath Kovind for winning the presidential election. PM Modi tweeted: "Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure."

Jul 20, 2017
16:45 (IST)
Ram Nath Kovind has been elected the next President of India. The government-backed candidate won two-third of the votes cast by an electoral college of MPs and state lawmakers. Flowers and extra security had arrived at the former Bihar governor's home in Delhi long before the official announcement and sweets were passed around at his hometown in Uttar Pradesh. Mr Kovind, 71, will be sworn-in as the 14th President of India on July 25.
Jul 20, 2017
16:27 (IST)
Breaking News: Ram Nath Kovind wins the presidential election 2017. Mr Kovind will become the 14th President of India. He defeated opposition candidate Meira Kumar after securing over two-thirds of the vote.


(Photo: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah)
Jul 20, 2017
15:56 (IST)
Ram Nath Kovind is heading for an easy win as votes are being counted for the presidential election. With a total of 4,79,585 electoral college votes in his favour so far, Mr Kovind leads opposition candidate Meira Kumar by 2.75 lakh votes after counting was completed in Parliament House and 11 states. Ms Kumar has got 2,04,594 electoral college votes so far.


(Photo: Ram Nath Kovind is set to become the next President of India, as he takes a sizeable lead over rival Meira Kumar)
Jul 20, 2017
14:36 (IST)
Latest Update:

President Election Result 2017 LIVE: Ram Nath Kovind gets 1,389 votes with a value of 4,79,585; Meira Kumar gets 576 votes with a value of 2,04,594 after counting in Parliament House and 11 states.
Jul 20, 2017
14:23 (IST)
Who Is Ram Nath Kovind, Likely To Be Next President

Ram Nath Kovind, the former Governor of Bihar, is the candidate of the ruling coalition for the post of President of India. Mr Kovind, 71, "will make an exceptional President", Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said on Twitter. As an experienced lawyer, his "knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation," PM Modi emphasised.

Here are 10 interesting facts about Ram Nath Kovind:

1) Mr Kovind, a Dalit, is a farmer's son and in known for his humble origins and simple lifestyle.

2) Born on October 1, 1945, in Kanpur Dehat, Ram Nath Kovind is a commerce graduate. He pursued law from Kanpur University.

3) Mr Kovind practiced in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for more than 15 years.

4) He is married to Savita Kovind and has a son and a daughter.

5) Mr Kovind is the former president of BJP Dalit Morcha. He has also served as the BJP's national spokesperson.

6) He was also a two-time Rajya Sabha member from the state of Uttar Pradesh between 1994-2000 and 2000-06.

7) Mr Kovind had worked as a top aide to former Prime Minister Morarji Desai and has represented India at the United Nations in New York.

8) He has also been a member of several Parliamentary Committees, including the committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Social Justice and Empowerment, and Law and Justice.

9) He was appointed as the Governor of Bihar by the Centre three years ago. The septuagenarian became the 36th Governor of Bihar in August 2015. His appointment had surprised many state leaders and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had voiced his displeasure over not being consulted. Though, during his term in Bihar, Governor Kovind hadn't run into no controversy with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

10) If elected, he will be the second Dalit President after KR Narayanan to hold the nation's highest office.

Jul 20, 2017
13:45 (IST)
Update:

President Election Result 2017 LIVE: NDA's Ram Nath Kovind gets 60,683 votes, Opposition's Meira Kumar gets 22,941 votes in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, says Returning Officer Anoop Mishra


(Photo: Ram Nath Kovind - ruling NDA's candidate for the post of President of India)
Jul 20, 2017
13:35 (IST)
Meira Kumar, the opposition's candidate for the post of President of India, is from Bihar, and is the daughter of Jagjivan Ram, the freedom fighter, Dalit leader and former deputy Prime Minister. The 72-year-old is a veteran politician. She had been a minister of the UPA government and later, was chosen unopposed as the Speaker of the 15th Lok Sabha. After being nominated by the opposition, Ms Kumar had said, "The collegium should decide the President in best interest of country, on principles and ideologies".

Here are 10 facts about Meira Kumar:

1) In 2009, Meira Kumar became the consensus candidate of then ruling UPA and the Opposition NDA for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker.

2) She was the first woman and Dalit to head the Lok Sabha.

3) Meira Kumar had handled the Social Justice and the Water Resources departments in the UPA1 and UPA 2 governments.

4) Ms Kumar is a five-time member of the Lok Sabha, From 2004 to 2014, she represented Bihar's Sasaram, the constituency her father had nurtured.

5) A student of English literature, Ms Kumar had got a degree in law and then joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973.

6) The soft-spoken diplomat started her political career and contested her first election in 1985, a year before her father's death.

7) In 1985, she was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, defeating top Dalit leaders Mayawati and Ram Vilas Paswan.

8) Though Jagjivan Ram had rebelled against Indira Gandhi, her son Rajiv Gandhi had insisted that Meira Kumar join the Congress.

9) She had quit the Congress for two years from 2000, citing differences with the party leadership.

10) As a diplomat, she has served in the embassies in Spain, the UK and Mauritius. She also served as a member of the India-Mauritius Joint Commission.

Jul 20, 2017
11:36 (IST)
The order of counting of votes: First, the ballot box of the Parliament House is opened and counted. This is followed by the opening of ballot boxes received from the legislative assemblies of states. Counting of votes of state legislative assemblies will happen in alphabetical order. The votes would be counted on four separate tables and there would be eight rounds of counting.
Jul 20, 2017
11:31 (IST)
The counting of votes for the President of India election is underway at the Parliament in New Delhi. The numbers are stacked in favour of the ruling NDA's nominee Ram Nath Kovind, who is contesting opposition's candidate Meira Kumar. The name of the next President of India will be known by 5:00 pm this evening.


(Photo: The Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India)
Jul 20, 2017
11:17 (IST)
President Election 2017 LIVE: Counting of votes began at 11 am this morning. The result is scheduled to be declared by 5 pm.
Jul 20, 2017
10:43 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to cast his vote in Parliament on July 17 for the presidential election. The presidential poll on Monday saw nearly 99 per cent voting, the highest ever, according to returning officer said. 32 polling stations including the one in Parliament House, were set up in various states. A total of 4,895 voters -- 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs -- were eligible to cast their ballot. Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra did not vote as he was disqualified by the poll body over the allegations of "paid news".


(Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to cast his vote in Parliament on July 17 for the presidential election)
Jul 20, 2017
10:35 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's choice for the post of President - Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit candidate, was seen as a masterstroke to divide the opposition and keep allies together as well as a move to consolidate its growing support among politically vital backward castes. If elected, Mr Kovind will be the second Dalit President of India after KR Narayanan.


(Photo: Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah)
Jul 20, 2017
10:30 (IST)
A 17-member bloc of opposition parties had announced Meira Kumar's candidacy days after the BJP named its nominee, pitching the contest as a battle of ideologies. "I have asked members of the collegium to pay heed to their voice of inner conscience," Ms Kumar had said.


(Photo: Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker and Opposition candidate for the post of President)
Jul 20, 2017
10:28 (IST)
While the value of a legislator's vote depends on the population of the state he or she belongs to, the value of an MP's vote remains the same at 708.
Jul 20, 2017
10:27 (IST)
Thirty two polling stations including the one in Parliament house, were set up in various states. A total of 4,896 voters -- 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs -- were eligible to cast their ballot. MLCs of states with legislative council are not part of the Electoral College.
Jul 20, 2017
10:26 (IST)
The counting of votes for the Presidential election will be held under the supervision of the Lok Sabha secretary general Anoop Mishra, who is also the Returning Officer. Parliament House would be opened, and then, the ballot boxes received from states would be counted on alphabetical basis. The votes would be counted on four separate tables and there would be eight rounds of counting, an Election Commission official said.


(Photo: Parliament House would be opened, and then, the ballot boxes received from states would be counted on alphabetical basis)
Jul 20, 2017
10:15 (IST)
NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, the former governor of Bihar, is the clear favourite to win the contest against Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker fielded by the opposition. Mr Kovind, 71, is backed not just by the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance but also several regional parties like Tamil Nadu's AIADMK, likely to get nearly 70 per cent of the total votes.


(Photo: Ram Nath Kovind, the former governor of Bihar, is likely to win the Presidential election)
Jul 20, 2017
10:09 (IST)
The counting of votes for the presidential election will begin at 11 am today, at the end of which India will know who its next President will be. The contest, between the ruling NDA's Ram Nath Kovind and the Opposition's Meira Kumar, both Dalits, saw nearly 99 per cent lawmakers and legislators cast their vote - the highest ever. Voting had taken place on July 17.

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Opinion

  • In Defeat, Opposition's Meira Kumar Breaks 50-Year-Old Record
    Reported by Sunil Prabhu, Edited by Aloke Tikku | Friday | July 21, 2017 , New Delhi

    The BJP has called the NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind's win in the presidential election a truly historic win. But the former governor who will become the country's second Dalit President may not be the only one setting records.

  • Meira Kumar Represented Congress's Dynasty Culture: BJP
    Press Trust of India | Friday | July 21, 2017 , New Delhi

    The BJP on Thursday took a swipe at the opposition's presidential candidate Meira Kumar's claim of fighting an ideological contest, saying she represented the dynasty culture of the Congress while its candidate Ram Nath Kovind showed its commitment to the marginalised groups.

  • Indian Presidential Election 2017: Out Of 77 Invalid Votes, Lawmakers Had Cast 21
    Press Trust of India | Thursday | July 20, 2017 , New Delhi

    A total of 77 votes were declared invalid today during counting for the presidential election and the list of rejected ballots was topped by parliamentarians.

  • Presidential Election 2017: Cross-Voting In Presidential Poll Flashes Warning Signs For Opposition
    Reported by Akhilesh Sharma, Sunil Prabhu, Anant R Zanane, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Friday | July 21, 2017 , New Delhi

    Ram Nath Kovind's election as the next president of India was never in doubt but the large scale cross-voting in seven states throws up a big worry for the opposition, especially ahead of polls in Gujarat later this year.

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