Who is India’s 2nd Dalit President?

  • July 20, 2017
  • 12:46 am
  • Harsh Vardhan Tripathi

Nearly 99% of the electoral college voted in the poll, choosing between the BJP-led NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind and the Opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar.

Both Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar are Dalit. This means that India will have its second Dalit president, after KR Narayanan, who was India’s head of state 1997 and 2002.

Left: Ram Nath Kovind, Right: Meira Kumar up for 2017 Presidential Elections

Meria Kumar, a five-time MP, was elected unopposed as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha in 2009. She is the daughter of Dalit leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Jagjivan Ram.

Ram Nath Kovind, a former governor of Bihar, has been a Supreme Court lawyer and was president of the BJP’s SC/ST Morcha from 1998 to 2002.

The results of the presidential polls will be declared on Thursday (July 20th).

A total of 4,896 elected representatives voted in the election on Monday, choosing between Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance’s Ram Nath Kovind and the Opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar. The counting will begin at 11 am.

The election held through a secret ballot at 32 polling stations saw nearly 99% of the members of the electoral college cast their votes. Returning Officer of presidential election, Anoop Mishra, had said this was the highest ever turnout to vote to elect the country’s next president.

Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel had said soon after voting began that he was confident Kovind would win  the presidential polls. This came as a surprise because the NCP had supported the Opposition’s candidate, Meira Kumar in the election.

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