Whoa! India gets Ram Nath Kovind as its new President who has won over co- contestant Meira Kumar by 65% of the total votes. Many even sent wishes for winning the election way before the results were announced. With the backing of at least 40 parties and push him to almost 70% of the vote. The two contenders to be India's 14th President are Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar. He said special vehicles drove up to the tarmac to ferry the ballot boxes and accompanying officials directly to Parliament House.
AM: Counting has begun on four tables at Room Number 62 in the Parliament House. Ms Kumar has got 2,04,594 electoral college votes so far. Kovind has been the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) Scheduled Caste Morcha chief (1998-2002) and the President of the All-India Koli Samaj. He was born to a farmer.
Kovind's father was a farmer and Kovind went on to pursue his bachelors degree in commerce followed by a law degree from DAV college.
Kovind's passion for the Civil Services paved his way to Delhi to appear for the UPSC exams, which he cleared on the third attempt. As an advocate, Kovind took a lead in providing free legal aid to weaker sections of society, specially SC/ST women, needy and the poor under the aegis of "Free Legal Aid Society" in Delhi. During this tenure, he was also appointed as the Executive Assistant to the then Prime Minister, Morarji Desai. Mr. Kovind worked as a lawyer for two decades before joining BJP in 1991. Also, he will be the second Dalit President to India.
"All MPs don't necessarily vote only according to conscience, they also vote according to party lines, and party lines are divided somewhat on ideology, principles and political positioning", Patel had said.
Though the five-year post is largely ceremonial, Kovind's election will help strengthen Modi's grip on power, say analysts. Kumar, from Bihar, is the daughter of Jagjivan Ram, a freedom fighter, Dalit leader and former deputy Prime Minister of India.
Kovind, a former two-time Rajya Sabha MP, is known more as a Dalit champion than a Hindutva ideologue.