NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind won the presidential election on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind won the presidential election on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

Highlights: Ram Nath Kovind is next President of India, to take oath on July 25

Ram Nath Kovind has been elected India’s new President, defeating the Opposition’s pick, Meira Kumar.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2017 07:12 PM IST

National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind was on Thursday elected as the new President of India, securing a massive margin over his rival Meira Kumar.

In an electoral college of 4,986 voters with a vote value of 10,98,903, Kovind got 2,930 votes carrying a value of 7,00,244, while the former Lok Sabha Speaker secured 1,844 votes with a value of 3,67,314.

While Kovind got 65.65% of the total valid vote value of 10,69,358, Meira Kumar got 34.35%.

Here are the live updates:

5.52pm:

5.13pm: I congratulate Ram Nath Kovind ji for his victory. It is a victory of the democracy: Union minister Nitin Gadkari.

5.06pm: Want to make it very clear that today on July 20 July, my battle for ideology doesn’t end, it will continue: Meira Kumar

5pm: I thank all who supported me from across country, I feel very emotional, I’ll represent all struggling to make a living: Ram Nath Kovind

4.55pm: On July 25, after demitting office, Pranab Mukherjee will shift to 10 Rajaji Marg, his address for the rest of his life. As former President, he will be entitled to all facilities enjoyed by Union cabinet ministers.

4.54pm: I congratulate Shri Ram Nath Kovindji for becoming the President of India: Meira Kumar

4.52pm: PM Narendra Modi congratulates Ram Nath Kovind, says he is gladdened by the extensive support he got.

4.50pm: During his tenure, President Pranab Mukherjee cleared 32 mercy petitions. He also did away with honorifics like Mahamahim and “His Excellency”.

4.47pm: I thank BJP members, NDA family, other valued parties and leaders who supported Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji: BJP president Amit Shah.

4.45pm: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind will be administered oath by the Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar on July 25. Pranab Mukerhjee’s last day as President will be July 24.

4.32pm:

4.28pm: Final figures from counting of votes in presidential election:

Ram Nath Kovind -- 702044 votes

Meira Kumar -- 367314 votes

4:23pm: Lok Sabha secretary general Anoop Mishra announces victory for Ram Nath Kovind. To be India’s new President

4.09pm: Sources say Kovind got more votes than expected in Gujarat and Goa.

4.02pm: NDA pick Ram Nath Kovind gets 65.65% votes in presidential election, official announcement of victory shortly, say sources.

3.53pm: NDA presidential candidate Kovind crosses halfway mark, last phase of counting underway.

2.49pm: Paraunkh and Jhinjhak in Kanpur Dehat district are all set to celebrate as the village and the town are confident that Ram Nath Kovind will become the next President of India shortly. Full story.

2.40pm: Ram Nath Kovind gets 1,389 votes with value of 479585; Meira Kumar gets 576 with value of 20,4594 after counting of votes from 11 states.

2.12pm: “I am not upset, why should I be upset? I am a fighter, I fought for the belief and faith of majority of my countrymen and women,” says the Opposition’s nominee, Meira Kumar.

1.35pm: NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind is leading with 60,683 votes. The Opposition’s pick, Meira Kumar, is at 22,941 votes. These numbers are from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, according to returning officer Anoop Mishra.

11.55am: The counting of votes polled in the presidential election is underway. Here is how India picks its President.

11.29am: A two-time Rajya Sabha MP, former BJP spokesperson and till recently the Bihar governor, Ram Nath Kovind has never been part of the Lutyen’s Delhi until the limelight was thrust upon him when the ruling party announced his name as its Presidential nominee last month. Find out more about Kovind.

11.20am: “Great belief in ideology I fought for, also believe in inner voice of conscience. Let’s see how much it prevails,” says Meira Kumar, the Opposition’s presidential nominee.

11 am: Counting of votes polled in the presidential election begins.

10:59 am: BJP and Congress leaders before the counting of votes in the Parliament.


10:57 am:
Officials ready to start counting of votes in Parliament.

Preparation for counting of ballots for the election of President in the Parliament in New Delhi. (HT Photo/ Arvind Yadav)
Preparation for counting of ballots for the election of President in the Parliament in New Delhi. (HT Photo/ Arvind Yadav)

10:15 am: Huge crowd gathers outside Kovind’s ancestral house.

Havan being conducted at Patthari Devi temple in Ram Nath Kovind’s village Paraunk in Uttar Pradesh. (HT Photo)
Havan being conducted at Patthari Devi temple in Ram Nath Kovind’s village Paraunk in Uttar Pradesh. (HT Photo)

10: 00 am: Ram Nath Kovind’s sister-in-law Vidyavati is observing fast since Wednesday for his victory. She is the wife of Shiv Balak, Kovind’s brother, who played a crucial role in his education and sent him to Kanpur for higher studies.

8:48 am: Villagers in Ram Nath Kovind’s village Paraunkh in Uttar Pradesh are glued to their TV sets and radios in anticipation of the result. The village is all set to celebrate the likely win of Kovind.

•The candidate who secures at least one vote more than 50 per cent of the total votes will be elected as the President.

• A total of 4,896 voters -- 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs -- were eligible to cast their ballot.

• Voting was held in 32 polling stations -- one in Parliament House Room No 62 and rest one each in state legislative assemblies.

1st Presidential poll (1952)
Candidate Name Votes
Dr. Rajendra Prasad 507,400
K.T. Shah 92,827
Thatte Lakshman Ganesh 2,672
Chowdhry Hari Ram 1,954
Krishna Kumar Chatterjee 533
2nd Presidential poll (1957)
Candidate Name Votes
Dr. Rajendra Prasad 459,698
Chowdhry Hari Ram 2,672
Nagendra Narayan Das 2,000
3rd Presidential poll (1962)
Candidate Name Votes
Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan 553,067
Chowdhry Hari Ram/t6,341
Yamuna Prasad Trisulia 3,537
4th Presidential poll (1962)
Candidate Name Votes
Zakir Hussain 471,244
Kota Subbarao 363,971
Khubi Ram 1,369
Yamuna Prasad Trisulla 232
Bhamburkar Shriniwas Gopal 232
Brahma Deo 232
Krishna Kumar Chatterjee 125
Kumar Kamla Singh 125
Chandradutt Senani 0
U.P. Chugani 0
Dr. M.C. Davar 0
Chowdhry Hari Ram 0
Dr. Man Singh Ahluwalia 0
Manohara Holkar 0
Seetharamaiah Ramaswamy Sharma Hoysala 0
Satyabhakt 0
5th Presidential poll (1969)
Candidate Name Votes
Varahagiri Venkata Giri (INDEPENDENT) 401,515 / 420,077
Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy (INDEPENDENT) 313,548 / 405,427
C.D. Deshmukh 112,769
Chandradatt Senani 5,814
Furcharan Kaur 940
Rajabhoj Pandurang Nathuji 831
Babu Lal Mag 576
Chowdhry Hari Ram 125
Sharma Manovihari Anirudh 125
Khubi Ram 94
Bhagmal 0
Krishna Kumar Chatterjee 0
Santosh Singh Kachhwaha 0
Dr. Ramdular Tripathi Chakor 0
Shri Ramanlal Prushottam Vyas 0
6th Presidential poll (1974)
Candidate Name Votes
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (INC) 754,113
Tridib Chaudhuri (INDEPENDENT) 189,196
7th Presidential poll (1977)
Candidate Name Votes
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy Won unopposed*
*37 candidates filed nominations, 36 got rejected
8th Presidential poll (1982)
Candidate Name Party Votes
Zail Singh Indian National Congress 754,113
H.R. Khanna Independent 282,685
9th Presidential poll (1987)
Candidate Name Party Votes
R. Venkataraman Indian National Congress 740,148
V. R. Krishna Iyer Independent 281,550
Mithilesh Kumar Independent 2,223
10th Presidential poll (1992)
Candidate Name Party Votes
Shankar Dayal Sharma Indian Nationlal Congress 675,864
G.G. Swell Independent 346,485
Ram Jethmalani Independent 2,704
11th Presidential poll (1997)
Candidate Name Party Votes
K.R. Narayanan Indian National Congress 956,290
T.N. Seshan Independent 50,631
Kaka Joginder Singh a.k.a. Dharti Pakad Independent 1,135
12th Presidential poll (2002)
Candidate Name Party Votes
Abdul Kalam Independent 922,884
Lakshmi Sahgal CPI(M) 107,366
13th Presidential poll (2007)
Candidate Name Party Votes
Pratibha Patil Indian National Congress 638,116
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Independent 331,306
14th Presidential poll (2012)
Candidate Name Party Votes
Pranabh Mukherjee Indian National Congress/UPA 713,763
P.A.Sangma Independent 315,987

(inputs from agencies)

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