A total of 4896 electors will vote through ballot system to divide the contest between NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and Opposition candidate Meira Kumar before the results are announced on July 20. Though the odds are highly in favour of Kovind who enjoys

Though the odds are highly in favour of Kovind who enjoys the support of 2180 MLAs and 530 MPs when compared to 1628 MLAs and 232 MPs supporting Meira Kumar, both Opposition and NDA has left no stone unturned to get as many parties on board for the voting.

Exhuming confidence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind has the support of 40 parties and urged the alliance lawmakers, including legislators in the states, to cast their ballot.

In a last-minute appeal ahead of Monday’s presidential election, Congress President Sonia Gandhi called for “conscience vote” while attacking the Narendra Modi government for trying to impose “narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision” on the country.

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12: 49 PM IST | Speaking to the media, Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar urged all the voters to listen “voice of their conscience”. She called the election a battle of ideologies.

“Fighting the battle of ideologies, I have urged the Collegium to listen to the voice of their conscience and decision will be taken in India’s favor,” said Meira.

11: 59 AM IST | Refuting the reports of NCP voting for Ram Nath Kovind over Meira Kumar, senior party leader Praful Patel said that all the “NCP MPs and MLAs have voted for the Opposition candidate.

He was reacting to the earlier reports carried by a private news channel based out of Mumbai that claimed that NCP was going to vote for the NDA candidate Kovind.

 

Praful Patel

11: 38 AM PM | As per reports, Coming out as another push to NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind and a major jolt to UPA’s Meira Kumar, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) broke their ranks with the Opposition and came out in total support of ex-Bihar Governor and Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate, Ram Nath Kovind.

As per reports, after an hour since the polling had commenced, NCP came out with a statement that they will be extending support to Kovind in the Presidential poll.

Earlier, the NCP had denied supporting Ram Nath Kovind alleging that he is a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliated person and therefore BJP has selected him so our support will be towards UPAs Meira Kumar.

 

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10: 55 AM IST | Jailed on money laundering charges, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Chhagan Bhujbal and Ramesh Kadam will be brought to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from prison in Arthur Road to be able to vote in the Presidential election.

10: 45 AM IST | Once the voting is done, all the paper ballots will be brought to Lok Sabha where the counting begins before announcing the result on Thursday.

Notably, the MPs will vote in the Parliament while the MLAs will be voting at the polling station in their respective state Assemblies.

10: 40 AM IST | Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati while interacting with the media outside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly said that it does not matter to her as who wins the election. I am happy the “President will be from Schedule3d caste” he added.

“No matter who wins, President will be from Scheduled Caste. Huge victory for our movement and the party,” said Mayawati.

 

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10: 30 AM IST | Members of Parliament line up to cast their votes for; MLAs queue up at Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly to cast their votes. 

The voting that started at 10:00 AM IST will close by 05:00 PM in the evening. Voting is done through the paper ballot process.

10: 25 AM IST | MLAs queue up at Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly to cast their votes in Presidential Elections 2017

10: 20 AM IST | Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have cast their votes in the Parliament. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also voted in the UP Assembly.

 

10: 12 AM IST | Preparations across the nation for the voting has been done. A total of 30 polling stations have been set up where the MLAs and MPs will cast their vote in a paper ballot system.

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10: 00 AM IST | Voting to elect the 14th President of India begins.

09: 40 AM IST | Speaking to the media, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that he was very confident for Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

“Ram Nath Kovind ji will win with a comfortable and respectable margin,” he said.

09: 30 AM IST |  Voting to begin at 10:00 AM, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah are expected be the first one to cast their votes in the Parliament today.

09: 20 AM IST | The total number of electors (4120 MLAs and 776 MPs) will be sharing the onus of electing India’s next President.

The poll panel has also specifically asked everyone to use only violet ink to cast votes. Use of any other ink might lead to disqualification of the vote.

There are specific coloured ballot boxes to be used for voting — MPs to cast vote in green ballots and MLAs in pink ballots.

With the term of President Pranab Mukherjee expiring on July 24, a special farewell will be given to him in the Parliament on July 23.

Following this, the President elect will subsequently leave for Rashtrapati Bhawan after the oath taking ceremony convened by the Chief Justice of India of July 25.