Presidential election 2017 Live updates: Polling to elect 14th President of India has begun at 10 am today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah have cast their votes in Parliament. The fight is between NDA nominee Ran Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar who has been backed by 17 Opposition Parties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already congratulated Kovind yesterday in advance. According to reports, Kovind is set to get 70 per cent votes. Both candidates belong to Dalit community. In a big setback to Opposition unity, JD(U) led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had supported Kovind’s candidature. Kovind is a former Bihar Governor and Meira Kumar held the position of Lok Sabha Speaker. Kovind filed his nomination for the election on June 23, 2017. The poll result will be announced on July 20. President Pranab Mukherjee’s term is expiring on July 25. In the last presidential election in 2012, Pranab Mukherjee had defeated P.A. Sangma and got over 69 per cent votes.
11:24 am: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu has cast his vote for Presidential Poll 2017.
11:20 am: NDA President candidate will come through. Happy that vast majority of votes from West Bengal will go to Meira Kumar: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
11:17 am: NCP has said that Ram Nath Kovind will win and it will be victory for NDA, says Times Now report.
11:15 am:The joint opposition candidate for the post of vice president Gopalkrishna Gandhi is likely to file his nomination papers on Tuesday, the last date for doing so, in the presence of top Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
11:12 am: As per PTI report, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, whose candidature was endorsed by 18 non-NDA parties, including the JD-U, will also be accompanied by top opposition leaders, including those from the Left parties and TMC.
11:07 am: BSP President Mayawati has said that irrespective of who wins, next President will be from Scheduled Caste. Huge victory for our movement and party, says former UP CM.
11:05 am: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has arrived at Assembly in Bhopal to cast his vote.
11:03 am: Meanwhile, Shiv Sena has lashed out at the Opposition for selecting Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their Vice Presidential candidate.
11:01 am: Ashish Saha, Trinamool Congress MLA from Tripura claimed that MLAs from Tripura will vote for Ram Nath Kovind.
11:00 am: Meanwhile, imprisoned NCP leaders Chhagan Bhujbal and Ramesh Kadam, who were both arrested in a corruptions case, will be brought to Maharashtra Assembly to cast their votes.
10:57 am: The order to allow Kadam to vote was given by Bombay High Court on Friday. The court, in its order, had said that Kadam shall be brought back to jail after he casts his vote.
10:55 am: Voting for Presidential Poll 2017 underway at Assam’s Guwahati Legislative Assembly; Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also cast his vote.
10:52 am: DMK working president MK Stalin has cast his vote at Tamil Nadu Assembly.
10:47 am: Meanwhile, Opposition leaders have met at Ghulam Nabi Azad’s house as Opposition meet currently underway in Parliament.
10:45 am: After he demits office, I will get more time to spend with him, says President Pranab’s son Abhijeet Mukherjee.
10:43 am: Last time when I voted as an MLA, I voted for my father. But this time the person for whom I wil vote will lose, says President Pranab’s son Abhijeet Mukherjee.
10:41 am: PM Modi said the campaigns by the two presidential candidates and parties supporting them had been very dignified and showed the maturity of the Indian democracy.
10:37 am: He had earlier posted a tweet saying, “The presidential poll this time is historic. Probably for the first time no party made any undignified or unwarranted comment on the rival candidate.”
10:35 am: Kovind’s win against opposition candidate Meira Kumar is a foregone conclusion as the ruling coalition has secured the support of nearly two-thirds of the electoral college, with some political parties even outside the NDA fold throwing their weight behind him, as per PTI report.
10:32 am: BJP President Amit Shah has cast his vote at the Parliament.
10:30 am: This session gives the country an opportunity to elect the president and the vice president, says PM Narendra Modi.
10:21 am: MLAs have queued up at Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly to cast their votes for Presidential election.
10:19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and other ministers cast votes in Parliament.
10:17 am: All major political parties of Bihar yesterday had held meetings to discuss strategy on the Presidential election which has begun this morning. The meetings of various parties, specially of the JD(U) and RJD grand alliance assume significance in the backdrop of surcharged political atmosphere due to the ongoing acrimony in the alliance.
10:15 am: “The arithmetic apparently shows that the ruling party is in a comfortable position because they have their own numbers for winning the elections. But, at the same time this has given a political opportunity to the Oppositions to come together. Most important aspect of this development is that the unity and the strength of the Opposition are now obviously visible and this is sending some kind of panic waves to the ruling party,” Memon said.
10:10 am: Another NCP leader Majid Memon told ANI that the arithmetic apparently shows that the ruling party is in a comfortable position because they have their own numbers for winning the elections.
10:06 am: Talking to ANI, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said, “I believe that this fight is not between two persons but between two ideologies. We will get to see that whether the Gandhian ideology wins or an orthodox ideology wins.”
9:58 am: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday said that the Presidential election is a fight between two different ideologies, and not between two persons.
9:57 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had already congratulated Ram Nath Kovind in advance and assured him of his government’s support, a day before the election to the top constitutional post.
9:55 am: Lok Sabha MP and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, and Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar have been permitted to cast their votes in their state as they have not yet given up their Parliament membership.
9:53 am: Preparations underway at Karnataka Legislative Assembly ahead of the poll, as per ANI report.
9:51 am: While Parrikar is a Rajya Sabha member, Adityanath and Maurya are Lok Sabha members.
9:48 am: Besides these two, 14 Rajya Sabha members and 41 Lok Sabha members have also been permitted to cast their votes in the states of their preference. Most of the MPs who would vote in their respective assemblies belong to the Trinamool Congress.
9:45 am: The ECI allowed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, an MLA from Gujarat and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi to cast their votes from New Delhi for tomorrow’s Presidential elections.
9:42 am: Ram Nath Kovind ji will win with a comfortable and respectable margin, says Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.
9:40 am: The MPs will vote on Green ballots and the MLAs will vote on pink ballots. Ballot boxes from states will be flown and stored in Room 62 of the Parliament.
9:37 am: Since many MPS are not present in New Delhi and many MLAs are not present in their respective states, so the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday allowed concession to some of such MPs and MLAs.
9:35 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to cast their votes at 10 am in the Parliament.
9:33 am: The voting will be held between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Paper ballots will be used in the presidential election and the votes will be valid only if the special violet ink pen is used to vote.
9:30 am: UPA candidate Meira Kumar has support of parties like Indian National Congress (INC), The Nationalist Congress Party ( NCP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samajwadi Party ( BSP), Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP), Rashtirya Janata Dal (RJD), All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Revolutionary Socialist Party (R SP), Kerala Congress (M) (KC-M), The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), The Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Communist Party of India (CPI), Jammua and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC).
9:25 am: Though the poll result will be announced on July 20, it is expected that Kovind will emerge as winner as he has also support of non- NDA parties like All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP), Janata Dal- United (JD-U), Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and independents.
9:22 am: The value of an MLA’s vote depends on the population of the state he or she represents. But the value of the vote of an MP does not vary — it is 708.
9:20 am: The total strength of Electoral college is 10,98,903 votes. Members of Legislative Council (MLCs) don’t take part in the election of President of India.
9:19 am: The president is elected by an electoral college consisting of the elected members of both houses of parliament, the elected members of the Legislative assemblies of the 29 states and the elected members of the legislative assemblies of the Union Territories of Delhi and Puducherry.
9:17 am: Both Kovind and Kumar are from the Dalit community and have canvassed hard by visiting states to seek support of legislators.
9:15 am: Meira Kumar, the former Speaker of Lok Sabha, was announced as the Indian National Congress (INC)-lead opposition’s candidate for the post of President of India, after a meeting held on the June 22, 2017.
9:13 am: Ram Nath Kovind, former Governor of Bihar, was announced as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA’s candidate for the post of President of India by BJP president Amit Shah on June 19 2017. Kovind is a leader and a politician from the BJP. Kovind filed his nomination for the election on June 23, 2017.
9:10 am: BJP parliamentary board meeting on Vice Presidential candidate scheduled to take place at BJP headquarters later today.
9:07 am: BJP supporters perform ‘hawan’ for NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind’s victory in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh.
9:03 am: Rehearsal for the swearing-in ceremony of the new President has begun at Delhi’s Vijay Chowk.
9:00 am: The polling will begin at 10 am and culminate at 5 pm. Leaders of opposition parties to meet at 10 am today in the Parliament.