Prez poll: NDA gets boost as Shiv Sena backs Ram Nath Kovind

Written by June 20, 2017 21:05

New Delhi: With Shiv Sena extending its support to NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, the ruling alliance got a major boost. This also leads to numbers favouring Kovind now.

“We are supporting Ram Nathji’s candidature and our best wishes are with him,” Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said after a 90-minute meeting with his party leaders at his Bandra home in Mumbai.

With Shiv Sena on board, the numbers seem to be in favour of NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

With the BJD, a faction of the AIADMK, the YSR Congress and the TRS extending support, the prospects of sending Kovind to the Rashtrapati Bhavan have much stronger.

The total comes to 10,98,903 votes with each MP carrying a vote value of 708. The vote weight of an MLA depends on the population of the state he or she represents.

A candidate needs 50 per cent plus votes to win the poll. Halfway mark comes at 5,49,452. The NDA, including Sena and the PDP of Jammu and Kashmir, which also extended support to Kovind on Tuesday, commands the support of 48.93 per cent in the electoral college made up of MPs and MLAs.

With the backing of parties outside the alliance like TRS (2 per cent), AIADMK (5.39 per cent), YSR Congress (1.53 per cent) and BJD (2.99 per cent), the NDA’s support would cross the half way mark comfortably to reach nearly 61 per cent in the July 17 battle.

Samajwadi Party has already hinted at supporting Kovind, and BSP might go the same way. JD-U, BSP and Samajwadi Party, with a total vote value of over 5 per cent, vote may this way support NDA candidate. Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav described Kovind as “a wonderful choice”.

In the last elections, present incumbent Pranab Mukherjee had won by a margin of 397776 votes defeating P A Sangma. He garnered 713763 votes against 315987 of Sangma, whose passed away last year.