Former governor of Bihar Ram Nath Kovind is selected as the NDA candidate for elections of next president of India. Kovind filled his nomination on 23 June. The elections will be held on 17 July and results will be declared on 20 July. Against the NDA candidate, opposition party has announced Meira Kumar as their contender.
As the dates are nearing, both the candidates are preparing for the polls, though victory of Ram Nath Kovind is almost inevitable. As per the election campaign, Kovind will be on nation-wide tour starting from 25 June. 71, Kovind will be visiting bigger states and hold discussions with electoral college members and talk about issues with MPs and MLAs who have extended their support to him. The itinerary of the tour is still not final as it has to be sceduled as per the avavilibility of different leaders in different states.
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members besides MLAs from all state assemblies comprise the electoral college, totaling 10,98,882 votes.
Kovind will also be contacting the members of opposition parties and try to woo their votes, as an individual vote also counts regardless of which party the elector belongs to or which candidate the party is supporting.
Appealing for the votes Kovind said that while choosing for the post of President, party politics should be kept aside. He also added that Since he became the Governor, he did not belong to any party.
Ram Nath Kovind’s first stop will be at Uttar Pradesh, where he will meet the members of the electoral college that votes for the new president. He will accompanied by senior BJP leader and Union minister Nitin Gadkari, while his visit to Uttar Pradesh.