The Indian Presidential Election 2017 will be held on 17 July and the counting date is on 20 July this year. The current President of India, Pranab Mukherjee's term expires on July 25, 2017. Although he is eligible for re-election, the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has already nominated its candidate for the presidency. Ram Nath Kovind (in picture), the former Governor of Bihar, has been nominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in the NDA to be elected the 14th President of India. Nitish Kumar backs NDA Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, leaves Lalu and Opposition in lurch.
Ram Nath Kovind is a strong contender for the post, being a BJP and RSS loyalist and also a Dalit. But other nominees could be former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as well as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar. The people of India will indirectly elect the president through the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members as well as the members of legislative assemblies.
By Shweta Parande