BJP sure of Kovind’s win, CPI(M) asks electoral college to vote cautiously

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As voting to elect India’s next president got underway today, the BJP exuded confidence that its candidate Ram Nath Kovind would win with a “comfortable” margin while the opposition CPI(M) asked the electoral college to vote thoughtfully and uphold the Constitution.

Kovind, the former Bihar governor, is contesting against the opposition’s joint candidate and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar.

“Kovind ji will win (the election) with a respectable and comfortable margin,” Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters ahead of the polling.

Naidu, however, refused to comment on the BJP parliamentary board’s meeting to pick the ruling alliance’s vice presidential candidate. Let the presidential poll get over first, he said.

The CPI(M), which is backing Meira Kumar, urged voters, comprising MPs and MLAs, to pick the “custodian of the Constitution” thoughtfully. Read More

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