Source: News Bharati English26 Jun 2017 17:25:49

New Delhi, June 26: NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind is far ahead in the number game as compared to his opponent Meira Kumar who is fielded by the combined opposition parties.

Ram Nath Kovind is sure to pocket 62 percent of votes in the presidential election to ensure his victory to the highest civilian post of the country. The incumbent president Pranab Mukherjee had polled 69 percent of votes in 2012.

In the first presidential contest between two Dalits, the odds are stacked in favour of Mr. Kovind, who is set to garner nearly seven lakh votes, or around two-thirds of the 10,98,903 votes of the electoral college.

The joint Opposition candidate, Meira Kumar, is likely to bag nearly four lakh votes. She has the support of many regional parties such as the RJD, the SP, the BSP and the Trinamool Congress and the CPI(M).

Chances of Kovind registering a comfortable win brightened after some parties not in the NDA such as the JD(U), the BJD, the AIADMK, the TRS and the YSR Congress extended support to him. Aware of its chances in the July 17 presidential election, the Opposition now views it as an ideological battle.

As per vote projections after some non-NDA parties extended their support to the BJP nominee Kovind has an assured 6,82,677 votes in his kitty.

Meira Kumar, on the other hand, has 3,76,261 committed votes, which is 34% and one-third of the total collegium vote.

This time around, there are around 39,965 votes of fence-sitting parties such as the AAP, the INLD and the AIMIM and some Independents, which have not yet opened their cards about which candidate to back.

Which way this block tilts will mainly depend on the campaign strategy of the contestants of the ruling party and the Opposition.

Of the 776 MPs in the presidential election collegium, Kovind has the support of 524, including 337 of the BJP, while his opponent, Ms. Kumar, has the support of 235. The value of one MP’s vote is 708 votes.

Presidential Election: Prospects

Candidates

Ram Nath Kovind

Meira Kumar

Undecided

Committed Votes

62% (6,82,677)

34% (3,76,261)

4% (39965)

Parties supporting

BJP, SS, TDP, SAD, LJP, BJD, JDU, TRS, AIADMK, YSR-C

 

Cong, TMC, NCP, RJD, CPi (M), SP, BSP, AIUDF, IUML, JDS, JMM, DMK,

 

AAP, INLD, AIMIM, Independents and others.

 

Total Votes

10,98,903

 

 

Required to Win

5,49,452