KOVIND FIRST PRESIDENT FROM SANGH, CROSS-VOTING BOOSTS MARGIN
According To India Vote Kar
Former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind will become India’s 14th President and the first RSS man to hold the post, winning a contest marked by cross-voting in his favour in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa as well as among Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha members.
Kovind, who will be sworn in as President on July 25, defeated the opposition candidate, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, in a one-sided contest by garnering close to 66% of the vote. BJP managers estimated that Kovind received around 115 additional MLA votes beyond the NDA kitty in states.
BJP succeeded in pulling in votes from the opposition camp in four states as well as in Parliament. BJP managers said they had gained 10 excess votes in Bengal even as the Trinamool Congress and the Congress traded claims of cross-voting from each other’s camps.
In Parliament, there were 21 invalid votes. It was not possible to exactly ascertain which side contributed more to this tally. The opposition could have hoped to get the votes of around 240 MPs, but got the support of 225 MPs. Kovind got the backing of 522 MPs.
Source : Times Of India
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