Voting for presidential poll ends, result on July 20

The term of President Pranab Mukherjee is expiring on July 25.Kovind will hold a meeting in Gandhinagar with BJP MP from Gujarat, state legislators and the party’s BJP’s core committee members regarding the upcoming presidential election.Delhi Chief Minister and his party also went to the Parliament to cast their votes.The Prime Minister said he will be delighted to work with Kovind. “Like the monsoon brings hope, this session also brings the same spirit of hope”. PM Modi addressed the media outside the parliament before casting his vote. All the Parliamentarians along with the Legislators began voting today. A total of 32 polling stations – one in Parliament House and one each in the state legislative Assemblies – have been set up.Yechury and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge asked all MPs and MLAs exercising their franchise to vote according to their “inner conscience”. “Before entering voting chambers, polling staff will collect personal pens from the voters and hand over the special pens to be returned later”, an EC official told reporters. His successor will be announced on Thursday, July 20. Former Rajya Sabha member Ramnath Kovind is the NDA’s candidate and opposition’s candidate for the post of President is former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. Shiv Sena hits out at Congress, criticizes Gopalkrishna Gandhi as the choice for Vice President. “I would assure of equal justice to all, avoiding discrimination based on caste, religion, sect, gender and region”, said Kovind who was in Mumbai for merely three hours as he had to visit Goa and then fly to Gujarat. As things stand, Kovind is likely to sweep the election with 70 per cent of the Electoral College backing him.”Today is a very important day”.Meira, who has been campaigning across state capitals, has described the Presidential contest as a “battle of ideologies”.”The forces which are present should be decimated”. We have 40 MLAs in Manipur, but then we are getting 42 votes there. The victor can be announced earlier based on the parties’ support.