New Delhi, July 20: Ram Nath Kovind, with a huge majority, has been elected as the 14th President of India. With over 65 per cent votes in his favour as counted on Thursday, National Democratic Alliance’s candidate Kovind is all set to succeed Pranab Mukherjee as the next President of India. Kovind defeated Opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar by garnering over 7 lakh votes. From being nominated as the NDA candidate on June 19, it has been a rigorous one month for Ram Nath Kovind, who campaigned tirelessly in the past 30 days.
On June 19, all eyes were on the Bharatiya Janata Party meeting to decide the party’s candidate for Presidential elections. While names like Sushma Swaraj and Metro Man Sreedharan did the rounds, many even speculated high on Draupadi Murmu being the NDA candidate for becoming the next President of India. However, the BJP left all speculators stunned as party chief Amit Shah announced Kovind as its candidate. (Know more about the President Elect Ram Nath Kovind)
Since then, it has been all eyes on Ram Nath Kovind, who stepped down as the Bihar Governor, to take the top position in the country. Ram Nath Kovind rushed to Delhi and met senior leaders of the BJP. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and also sought blessings from senior members of the party including LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
On June 23, Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination for the Presidential elections in a massive show of strength with the leaders of the BJP and allies accompanying him. PM Modi, senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami were among leaders who accompanied Kovind to Parliament to file his nomination papers.
Since then, Kovind campaigned in several states seeking support from politicos in his bid to win the race to Raisina Hills. Beginning from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Kovind also campaigned in Manipur, Maharashtra and Delhi. He also visited Jammu and Kashmir to garner support. Kovind, who, as the Bihar Governor, shared a good rapport with the state’s chief minister Nitish Kumar, also announced support for him. While the other parties of the Bihar Mahagathbandhan supported Meira Kumar, Nitish remained firm on supporting Kovind.
On Thursday, as Ram Nath Kovind crossed the half-way mark to become the next President, he met PM Modi who congratulated him. Kovind is all set to take oath as the President of India and Pranab Mukherjee demits office on July 24.