Murmu vs Yashwant Sinha

Murmu vs Yashwant Sinha Presidential Elections: The counting of votes will be held on July 21 and the new President will take oath on July 25, under the schedule announced by the Election Commission.

New Delhi: Elections to choose the 15th President of India — a race between NDA’s Droupadi Murmu and the opposition’s Yashwant Sinha — were held today. The contest is seen as all but over, counting parties that declared support for Ms. Murmu.

Murmu’s victory will be marked by several firsts. She will be the first President born in Independent India. At 64, Murmu will also be the youngest occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan, besides being the first tribal leader to hold the country’s top office.

It’s Droupadi Murmu vs Yashwant Sinha: India’s 15th President set to be elected today

National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu and Opposition’s joint pick Yashwant Sinha – the two candidates in the race for the Rashtrapati Bhavan – will go head-to-head on Monday as more than 4,000 MPs and MLAs will cast their votes to elect the 15th President of India.

With several regional parties extending their support to Murmu, a former Jharkhand governor, the numbers are in clear favor of the NDA nominee. These parties include the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), Shiromani Akali Dal, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), AIADMK, TDP, YSRCP and Chirag Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas).

Droupadi Murmu vs Yashwant Sinha: India set to elect its 15th President on Monday

Sinha is being backed by the Congress, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Trinamool Congress, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Akhilesh Yadav led-Samajwadi Party, National Conference, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Rashtriya Janata Dal and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is the latest to join the Opposition list.

The call for a joint opposition candidate for presidential polls was led by the West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. Sinha, a former Union minister, and the ex-IAS officer was the fourth choice after the first three names – Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah, and Gopalkrishna Gandhi – opted out of the race.

Murmu’s victory will be marked by several firsts. She will be the first President born in Independent India. At 64, Murmu will also be the youngest occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan, besides being the first tribal leader to hold the country’s top office and the second woman President of India.

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A lowdown on the voting process

>Voting will take place in Parliament House and legislative assemblies between 10 am to 5 pm.

> The system of the secret ballot is followed and parties cannot issue whips to their MPs and MLAs about voting. A whip is a method of ensuring that members of the party vote according to the party platform, rather than according to their ideology.

> Seeking to maintain the secrecy of voting, the Election Commission has issued a specially designed pen with violet ink to enable voters to mark their ballot papers in the presidential poll.

According to the EC’s directions, while MPs will get a green-colored ballot paper, MLAs will get a pink ballot paper to cast their vote. Separate colors help the returning officer ascertain the value of the vote of each MLA and MP.

The value of the vote of a member of Parliament varies in different states. In Uttar Pradesh, the value of the vote of each MLA stands at 208, followed by 176 in Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.

The results of the elections for the President of India will be out on July 21. The term of President Ram Nath Kovind concludes on July 24.

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