Meira Kumar Manages To Break 50-Year-Old Record Despite Losing Presidential Polls

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| July 21 , 2017 , 10:42 IST

Even in defeat, Meira Kumar managed to set a record as she polled the highest votes by a losing candidate.

The former Lok Sabha speaker managed to get 3.67 lakh votes out of 10.69 lakh valid votes polled.

The last candidate who came close was a former Chief Justice of India Koka Subba Rao who contested the 1967 election as a candidate of united opposition parties.

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Congress leaders also pointed to the NDA candidate's about 66 per cent vote share, less than the 70 per cent that senior BJP leaders had claimed for Mr Kovind. It was also pointed that nearly half a dozen Presidents were elected with more votes than the NDA's candidate. "It is an eye-opener for those who are speaking only based upon numbers," the Congress' Randeep Surjewala said.

After Kovind's victory, Meira Kumar came out of her south Delhi residence to declare that her battle would continue. She also congratulated Mr Kovind and cautioned him of the challenge ahead; to uphold the Constitution "in these most challenging times."

Sonia Gandhi the Congress President congratulated Ram Nath Kovind and reminded him that the President was also the "conscience keeper of the Constitution."