Close to 99 per cent voting was recorded on Monday for electing India’s 14th president, the returning officer for the poll announced. The counting of votes will take place on July 20. The numbers are stacked in favour of the ruling coalition’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind over the opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar.
Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Puducherry recorded 100 per cent voting. In Parliament House, the voting percentage was 99 per cent, said Lok Sabha Secretary General Anoop Mishra, who is also the returning officer for the polls.
Naidu will file his nomination on Tuesday at 11 am, the last day for the filing of nominations.
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, a veteran BJP leader from Andhra Pradesh, will be the NDA’s vice presidential candidate, party president Amit Shah said on Monday. Naidu was chosen at the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting here attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior party leaders.The 68-year old Naidu currently holds the portfolios of Information and Broadcasting and Housing and Urban Affairs. The former BJP president is pitted against Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who was chosen by an alliance of 18 opposition parties, including the Congress. The electoral college for the August 5 election consists of 790 MPs of the two chambers of Parliament. M Venkaiah Naidu is a fitting candidate for the office of Vice President, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet.
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