U not present at opposition meeting on presidential poll

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

Kumar is contesting against NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Speaking to the media, Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar urged all the voters to listen "voice of their conscience". Sudhir Mungantiwar, senior BJP minister, said that although few legislators apart from Congress and NCP seem to be with the opposition, they will vote for Kovind.

JD-U is supporting the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential elections. The party also skipped Sunday's Opposition meeting in New Delhi to formally introduce its presidential and vice presidential nominees, Meira Kumar and Gopal Krishna Gandhi. The votes would be counted and results would be announced on July 20. He is expected to address a meeting of legislators and MPs in the state.

Describing the President as "protector of the Constitution", she appealed the non-NDA lawmakers to elect the leader who can "safeguard the vision of India, for which Mahatma Gandhi fought for". Whoever wins, the good thing is a Scheduled Castes person will be the country's president.

Commenting on Churchill's presence at the meeting, Parrikar said, "He had come to listen to Kovind". While two observers were present in Parliament House, one each was deployed in the state assemblies.

The voting that started at 10:00 AM IST will close by 05:00 PM in the evening. The move follows the controversy witnessed in the Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana previous year where a few votes were disqualified for using the wrong colour ink. The voting has been taking place in Room no 62 in Parliament. Green-coloured ballot papers will be for MPs and pink ones for MLAs who vote in the election.

Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar
Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar

"Ram Nath Kovind ji will win with a comfortable and respectable margin", he said.

BSP chief Mayawati was not anxious about the winning candidate as the next President is set to be a Dalit.

The poll panel has also specifically asked everyone to use only violet ink to cast votes.

"Only these pens can be used for marking the votes".

WITH just ten days to go before President Pranab Mukherjee's term expires, the stage is set for the voting in presidential election on Monday for a poll that is tilted in the favour of the ruling BJP-led NDA coalition. The country's 14th President will assume office at Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 25.

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