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Jul 17, 2017 05:07 PM IST IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Presidential Elections 2017: Voting ends; all eyes on counting day July 20

The latest updates as NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and Opposition candidate Meira Kumar lock horns in the race to be India's next President.

  • Jul 17, 09:14 AM (IST)

  • Jul 17, 05:05 PM (IST)

    Top BJP leaders will be meeting at 6 pm today to discuss their Vice Presidential candidate. According to sources, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu is the front runner.
    Opposition parties have already declared former Governor of West Bengal and Mahatama Gandhi's grandson, Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their candidate.

  • Jul 17, 05:02 PM (IST)

    Voting process for electing the 14th President of India has officially ended. The result will be declared on July 20.

  • Jul 17, 04:50 PM (IST)

    Voting to elect the next President of India will at 5 pm.

  • Jul 17, 04:49 PM (IST)

    Voting has ended in the Gujarat Assembly with 180 out of the 182 members having voted today, according to PTI.

  • Jul 17, 04:41 PM (IST)

    Voting in Madhya Pradesh has ended with 228 legislators of the Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly having cast their votes today, according to PTI.

  • Jul 17, 04:32 PM (IST)

    The PTI has reported that all of Jharkhand Assembly's 81 MLAs have cast their vote today.

  • Jul 17, 04:29 PM (IST)

    Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, amidst speculation that he is the front runner to become NDA's Vice Presidential candidate, says, "I am not aspiring to become anything, party finally decides about the candidature. Meeting at 6 pm. All other things are only speculations. Whatever Parliamentary Board decides is final".

  • Jul 17, 04:25 PM (IST)

    BJP leaders are expected to meet later today to discuss the ruling alliance's Vice Presidential candidate. The meeting will happen after the Presidential voting is completed.

  • Jul 17, 04:06 PM (IST)

    59 out of 60 members of the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly voted today. Health and Family Welfare minister Jomde Kena did not cast his vote here as he was in Delhi, according to the PTI.

  • Jul 17, 04:01 PM (IST)

    Voting has concluded in the Rajasthan Assembly, with 199 out of 200 legislators exercising their franchise, PTI is reporting.

  • Jul 17, 03:42 PM (IST)
  • Jul 17, 03:35 PM (IST)

    Here's all you need to know about Ram Nath Kovind, the ruling alliance's Presidential candidate.

     Here's all you need to know about Ram Nath Kovind, the ruling alliance's Presidential candidate.
  • Jul 17, 03:33 PM (IST)

    Here's all you need to know about Meira Kumar, the Opposition's Presidential candidate.

     Here's all you need to know about Meira Kumar, the Opposition's Presidential candidate.
  • Jul 17, 03:22 PM (IST)
  • Jul 17, 03:01 PM (IST)

    West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee says, "We (TMC) are voting for Meira Kumar as it is a vote against the atrocities of the BJP. The BJP desperately wants numbers but we are pro-people."

  • Jul 17, 02:51 PM (IST)
  • Jul 17, 02:45 PM (IST)

    100 percent voting has been recorded in Himachal Pradesh after all sitting MLAs (67) cast their vote today.

  • Jul 17, 02:21 PM (IST)
  • Jul 17, 02:19 PM (IST)

    Amidst reports that Nationalist Party MPs and MLAs voted for Ram Nath Kovind, the party has issued a clarification that they voted for Meira Kumar.

  • Jul 17, 02:06 PM (IST)
  • Jul 17, 01:55 PM (IST)

    Samajwadi Party's senior party leader Shivpal Yadav told ANI, “Humne tay kiya hai ki Rashtrapati chunaav mein Ram Nath Kovind ko hi vote karna chahiye”. The party had indicated that it would support for Opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar.

  • Jul 17, 01:37 PM (IST)

    Ashish Saha, TMC's former unit president in Tripura says "By voting for Ram Nath Kovind, we have registered our protest against crimes of CPI(M), Congress & TMC."

  • Jul 17, 01:32 PM (IST)
  • Jul 17, 01:27 PM (IST)

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi also cast her vote some time back.

  • Jul 17, 01:16 PM (IST)

    NCP's Praful Patel claims that all MLAs and MPs of the party have voted for opposition candidate Meira Kumar.

  • Jul 17, 12:58 PM (IST)

    No word from Ram Nath Kovind yet today. He is expected to speak once voting ends at 5pm.

  • Jul 17, 12:42 PM (IST)

    The CPI (M), which is backing Meira Kumar, urged voters, comprising MPs and MLAs, to pick the ‘custodian of the Constitution’ thoughtfully. “Hope the Electoral College picks the custodian of India's Constitution thoughtfully: Vote to uphold Constitutional Values of our Republic,” party general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Twitter.

  • Jul 17, 12:30 PM (IST)

    Meira Kumar is speaking to reporters now. It's a short address in which she appeals to all members of the electoral college to "vote with conscience".

  • Jul 17, 12:08 PM (IST)

    Some political drama now. Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Yadav say they will vote for Ram Nath Kovind. Mulayam's son Akhilesh and his faction of the party had earlier said they would vote for Meira Kumar. 

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