India Elects new President : Ram Nath Kovind Wins

Ram Nath Kovind has been elected the next President of India. The government-backed candidate won two-third of the votes cast by an electoral college of MPs and state lawmakers.

In the final vote count, NDA nominee Kovind received 65.6 per cent votes translating into 702,044 electoral college votes, while UPA candidate Meira Kumar managed to get 34.35 per cent (367,314 votes). 

Flowers and extra security had arrived at the former Bihar governor’s home in Delhi long before the official announcement and sweets were passed around at his hometown in Uttar Pradesh. Mr Kovind, 71, will be sworn in on July 25.

“It is a great responsibility, my job will be to uphold and protect the Constitution...

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BJP wants a saffron politician as the President of India in 2017?

NEW DELHI: After coming to power with an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha in 2014, the BJP is setting its eyes on creating history by installing a saffron politician as the President of India in 2017. It has begun calculations for the presidential polls as the party has its best shot at getting a person of its own choice to the top position, a top BJP source with knowledge of the matter said.

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“We have done state-wise calculations already. We find that the NDA has an edge of 22,078 votes (in presidential elections),” this person said. An advantage of 22,078 is wafer thin in presidential polls, as it amounts to just over 2% of the total value of the electoral college votes, which is 10,98,882...

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Jayalalithaa meets Modi with list of 29 demands

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday and submitted a 29-point memorandum, detailing several demands of the State. This was her first visit after her second consecutive victory in the Assembly polls. She met with her party’s 50 MPs (including those in the Rajya Sabha) before going to Mr. Modi’s Race Course Road residence.

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The Prime Minister, sources said, congratulated her on her victory, accepted her memorandum and also dispatched two Ministers, Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan, to meet her.

While differences between Tamil Nadu and the Centre on the GST Bill remain, the Centre is trying to reach out to her. The AIADMK has 13 members in the Rajya Sabha...

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Rajnath vs Mulayam: BJP’s UP Plans Feature Home Minister In Key Role

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, one of the most prominent BJP leaders from Uttar Pradesh, is likely to play a pivotal role in the party’s campaign for assembly elections to be held in the state early next year.
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Sources said the BJP plans to project Mr Singh as the main face of the party in the UP elections, as a seasoned politician and local leader to take on regional giants like Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati.

Mr Singh is likely to be given charge of the campaign committee in UP, the sources said, adding that the chief ministerial candidate, if at all the party will project one, will be decided later. Mr Singh, who has been chief minister of UP before, is not keen to essay that role again, sources said.

The party also has to get it...

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