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Warning Signs For Opposition As Cross Voting Takes Place In Presidential Poll

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| July 21 , 2017 , 10:39 IST

It was almost obvious that Ram Nath Kovind will be elected as the next President of India but the margin by which he won was surprising.

This large scale cross-voting in seven states throws up a big worry for the opposition, especially ahead of polls in Gujarat later this year.

The NDA candidate Kovind defeated the Opposition's nominee and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar by garnering over 65% of votes in the electoral college.

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The final tally of the votes, counting of which was done at Parliament House on Thursday, shows that Kovind got 2,930 votes (MPs and MLAs) with a value of 7,02,044 (65.65%) as compared to 1,844 votes with a value of 3,67,314 (34.35%) received by Meira Kumar, defeating her with a margin of over 3.30 lakh vote value.

In Rajasthan, where the Congress won 24 seats in the last assembly polls, Meira Kumar got 34 votes, which are believed to have come mostly from non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) outfits and the Independents.

Analysis of results shows that cross-voting took place in favour of Kovind by about eight legislators in Uttar Pradesh and nearly 11 in Gujarat, where state elections are due for the year-end.

Kovind got about nine votes more than expected in Maharashtra, three in Assam, two each in Punjab and Delhi, two in Goa and five extra votes in West Bengal.

In Tripura, where the BJP has zero lawmakers, Mr Kovind won seven votes.

The extra votes in his favour are believed to have come from Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab and from Congress in Goa.

Asked about the evidence of cross-voting, Meira Kumar said: To a query on cross-voting in the election, she said, "I don't want to use this word and everybody has the right to vote according to his or her wish."