The Indian Presidential Election 2017 was held on 17 July and the counting and result date was 20 July this year. The current President of India Pranab Mukherjee's term expires on July 24, 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. Ram Nath Kovind is all set to be the 14th President of India, after having defeated Opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the Presidential Election 2017.
Ram Nath Kovind was always a strong contender for the post, being a BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) loyalist and also a Dalit. Former Lok Sabha Speaker and Diplomat Meira Kumar was the Opposition's candidate for the post of President of India. The people of India indirectly elected the president through the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members as well as the members of legislative assemblies.
By Shweta Parande