Leaving Behind Meira Kumar, Ram Nath Kovind In The Lead For Presidential Race As Counting Is Underway

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| July 20 , 2017 , 14:34 IST

The Presidential elections which took place on July 17 to decide the 14th President of India witnessed a massive turnout of nearly 99 percent. As the votes are being counted on Thursday, based on the initial rounds of counting, NDA-candidate Ram Nath Kovind is in the lead.

According to Lok Sabha Secretary General Anoop Mishra, the Returning Officer for the July 20 election, Kovind has secured 60,683 value of votes after ballots from four states - Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Bihar - were counted.

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In comparison, Meira Kumar has secured no vote from Andhra against Kovind's 27,189 value of votes, and in Arunachal Pradesh, Kumar secured 24 votes as compared to 448 secured by Kovind. In Assam, Kumar secured 4,060 votes, while Kovind bagged 10,556 votes and in Bihar Kumar secured 18,867 votes while Kovind got 22,490.

The counting had begun at 11 AM and is expected to complete by 5 PM. The counting began by opening the ballot box of the Parliament House, after which ballot boxes received from the states would be counted in alphabetical order.

A total of 4,896 voters - 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs - were eligible to cast their ballot. MLCs of states with the legislative council are not part of the electoral college.

While the value of an MLA's vote depends on the population of the state he or she belongs to, the value of an MP's vote remains the same at 708.

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Ahead of the elections, former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind, the presidential candidate for the BJP-led central government, received massive support from the various parties. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a part of the Opposition, also gave his support for the NDA candidate instead of the Opposition's candidate, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar.

As both presidential candidates belong to a Dalit background, the election has been touted as being Dalit vs Dalit, however, Kumar has maintained that the election is a 'battle of ideologies'.