The NDA’s candidate for President, Ram Nath Kovind, will become India’s 14th President, having obtained 65.65 percent of votes from the electoral college.
His opponent, the joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, lags far behind with a mere 34.35 percent.
Kovind got the votes of 522 Members of Parliament while Kumar bagged the votes of 225 MPs. As many 771 elected MPs were eligible to cast their ballot.
The NDA candidate’s victory against Kumar was a foregone conclusion because almost 40 parties, including many from outside the NDA fold, pledged to support him. From the get-go, Kovind was expected to win more than 60 percent of the votes.
The non-NDA parties that supported Kovind included the AIADMK, the Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party, the Biju Janata Dal, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and the Indian National Lok Dal. Significantly, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (U) also supported Kovind, going against its Bihar ‘grand alliance’ partners, the Congress and Lalu Prasad’s RJD.
The joint Opposition candidate Kumar had the support of the Congress, of course, as well as of the Nationalist Congress Party, the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samajwadi Party, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the All India Trinamool Congress, the Communist parties, the DMK, and the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference, among a few others.