Although he has been in public life for many years, first as a lawyer and then as a member of the upper house of Parliament, Kovind was an unknown face. West Bengal reported as many as 10 invalid votes though Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reportedly "tutored" her flocks to vote for Kumar. In Andhra Pradesh, where Congress has one MLA, Kumar drew a blank with all non-BJP parties voting for Kovind.
NDA Candidate Ram Nath Kovind has been announced as the new President of India. For all his wisdom and experience, ex-President Pranab Mukherjee signed a decree imposing central rule on Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand past year; he was quickly overruled by the Supreme Court.
BJP had counted on the support of four MLAs from National Peoples Party, two of Zamidara and three Independent candidates. "I feel very emotional today and I will represent all those struggling to make a living" Kovind said after he emerged as the victor in the presidential polls.
"The president of India enjoys a unique position as defender and protector of the Constitution, upholder of democratic traditions and as supreme commander of the Indian Armed Forces", she said in a statement.
After getting elected as India's 14th President, Ram Nath Kovind thanked all the citizens of India. "Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure", the Prime Minister tweeted.
"Gladdened by the extensive support for Kovind Ji among MPs and across various states". In the State assembly tally, the BJP is 166 out of which Narottam Mishra did not vote. However, Sonkar said elevation of Kovind should not be be seen through a political prism.
THEY GO A LONG WAY As it rained congratulatory messages for Kovind, Modi too joined in.
Later, Modi, accompanied by Shah and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, visited Kovind's residence in New Delhi and greeted him. MLCs of states with legislative council are not part of the Electoral College.
"We do not have sufficient information on this as yet but we will look into it and act accordingly", state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki told mediapersons in Ahmedabad.