New Delhi, July 20: After the declaration of results of Presidential polls, Opposition candidate Meira Kumar was defeated by National Democratic Alliance candidate Ram Nath Kovind by a huge margin. While Kovind succeeded in getting 65.65 per cent votes of the electoral college, Meira Kumar got more than 33 per cent votes. While Kovind received a total of 7, 02,044 votes of the electoral college, Meira succeeded in getting 3,67, 314 votes. In the Parliament, Kovind received votes of 522 MPs (3,69,576 vote value) while Meira got votes of 225 MPs (1,59,300 vote value). Also Read - Rs 1 Crore Fine, 5 Years in Jail: Centre Brings New Law to Tackle Air Pollution in Delhi-NCR
After losing the elections, Meira said, “I congratulate Ram Nath Kovind for his victory but my ideological battle will continue.” Also Read - President Signs Ordinance to Set up Committee to Monitor Air Pollution; AQI Deteriorates to 'Severe' in Many Areas in Delhi
However, Meira did manage to win a few states including Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Kerala. As per the results, Meira got 21353, 1887, 697, 20976 votes in Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Kerala respectively. She also succeeded in winning Punjab and Mizoram where she got 11020 and 248 votes respectively. Also Read - President Ram Nath Kovind Turns 75: Birthday Wishes Pour in From PM Modi, Venkaiah Naidu, Many Others
Earlier in the day, Meira said she contested the election for the country’s 14th President with “confidence”. “I have fought this election with faith, belief and confidence in the ideology. I also believe in inner voice of conscience,” Meira said.
She was replying to questions of mediapersons just after the counting of votes began to decide her fate against Kovind, who had a clear edge.
Meira Kumar’s candidature was chosen to counter the Dalit face of Kovind in the Presidential Polls. Soon, after the announcement of candidature of Kovind, many parties including Janta Dal United extended support for him. Meira Kumar faced a troubling period when Nitish Kumar declined to reconsider his decision. Nitish Kumar said he respects Meira but Bihar ki beti was fielded only to lose. Nitish Kumar was referring to the statement used by Meira Kumar to voters from Bihar. Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker, was chosen the Member of Parliament from Sasaram in Bihar for multiple times.
(With inputs from agencies)