Ram Nath Kovind elected as India’s 14th President
Former governor Ram Nath Kovind was elected as India’s 14th President. He will be only the second Dalit leader after RK Narayanan since Independence to occupy India’s highest ceremonial post. In the final vote count, NDA nominee Kovind received 65.6% votes translating into 702,044 electoral college votes, while UPA candidate Meira Kumar managed to get 34.35% (367,314 votes). 522 MPs voted for Kovind, while 225 parliamentarians voted for Meira Kumar. In the last Presidential polls held in 2012, Pranab Mukherjee had defeated PA Sangma by over 69% votes.