New Delhi: NDA’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind has been declared as the 14th President of India on Thursday.
Ram Nath Kovind garnered 65.65 percent of votes, which translates to 7,02,644 votes and Meira Kumar managed to bag 34.35 percent votes, which amounts to 1,67,314 votes.
The presidential election on July 17 saw close to 100 percent polling. A total of 771 members of Parliament and 4,109 legislators were eligible to cast votes.
Kovind convincingly defeated opposition’s Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, winning more than 65 percent of the votes in the Electoral College, the Returning Officer for the poll announced today.
However, 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.
Kovind will be the second Dalit President of India after KR Narayanan.
Kovind was born on October 1, 1945, at Kanpur Dehat in Uttar Pradesh. He is a BCom and LLB graduate from Kanpur University.
The NDA’s Presidential nominee was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh in 1994-2000 and 2000-2006. He is an advocate by profession and practices in Delhi. He was Governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017.
Notably, Ram Nath Kovind will be sworn in on July 25.