Voting for the presidential election began at Rajasthan assembly building in Jaipur at 10 am. Two hundred Rajasthan assembly legislators, 25 MPs, and 10 Rajya  Sabha members will cast their votes from the state. All the MPs from the state will cast their votes in the parliament.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Assembly Speaker Kailash Meghwal, and BJP state president Ashok Parnami have already voted.

CM Vasundhara Raje has already stated earlier that BJP had made Kovind the presidential nominee on the ground of his achievements in public life. She described Kovind as a law expert, an ideal politician and a person who always stood to safeguard the rights of the deprived people.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to cast his vote this morning. He had even wished Kovind in advance and assured him of the government’s support.  He described Kovind’s journey whether as a lawyer or a politician, always to be noncontroversial.

All you need to know about today’s voting

The President is elected by the Electoral College. This body comprises of all elected members of Parliament and the members of the legislative assemblies of all the states, as well as the union territories of Delhi and Pondicherry

The voting will take place today between 10 am to 5 pm. Paper ballots will be used and the votes will be valid only if a special violet ink pen is used to vote. The MP’s will vote on green ballots and the MLA’s will vote on pink ballots. The counting of the votes will take place on 20 July in Delhi.

Kovind’s victory against Kumar is said to be a foregone conclusion because almost 40 parties, including many from outside the NDA, have pledged to support him.  Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal will also be supporting Kovind, going against its Bihar’s grand alliance partners, the Congress and Lalu Prasad’s RJD.


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