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Indian Presidential election 2017: All you need to know

17 July 2017

The term of President Pranab Mukherjee is expiring on July 25.

The two contestants for the post of the countrys next president are NDAs candidate Ram Nath Kovind and the oppositions Meira Kumar.

The Election Commission on Sunday 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.

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Narasingha Mishra was the first to cast his vote followed by Deputy Leader of the Congress Legislature Party Chiranjib Biswal, Congress legislators Devendra Sharma and Naba Kishore Das. So, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and actress Rekha will not be casting their votes this time.

Noteworthy, 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. The DMK has no representation in Lok Sabha but has four MPs in Rajya Sabha.

"Hope the Electoral College picks the custodian of India's Constitution thoughtfully: Vote to uphold Constitutional Values of our Republic", party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Twitter.

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"Kovindji will win with a comfortable and respectable margin", Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said before voting. The BJP is confident that a majority of the independent MLAs will support its candidate, Ram Nath Kovind.

The voting process began at 10 AM at room no 54 of the assembly and is scheduled to continue till 5 PM. Three MPs – Badruddin Ajmal, Siraj Uddin Ajmal and Radheshyam Biswas – will cast their votes in the State Assembly. In all, 714 of them cast their votes in Parliament, while 42 MPs voted in the West Bengal Assembly.

Tomorrow, NDA's Ramnath Kovind and Congress-led Opposition's Meira Kumar will face off with each other in the presidential polls. BJP and its allies have 73 Lok Sabha member out of the total 80.

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Kovind - ex Bihar governor - has an advantage over Meira Kumar - a former Lok Sabha speaker - as the numbers are stacked in favour of the ruling NDA.

Indian Presidential election 2017: All you need to know