Yashwant Sinha, the former Union minister, is the opposition candidate, while Droupadi Murmu, the former governor of Jharkhand, is the government candidate. 34 parties supported Sinha, while 44 parties backed Murmu.
Counting of votes will begin today at 11 a.m. for the Presidential election, commonly regarded as a mere formality. Droupadi Murmu is expected to win by a large margin over opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha, and the BJP is making elaborate preparations for her victory.
There will be a counting of votes in Parliament House that will take place from 11 am to 1 pm. In the afternoon, the results are expected to be announced around 4 p.m.
A media report quoted sources as saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Ms Murmu in her temporary accommodation in Teen Murti Marg after the election results have been announced and congratulate her.
There has been a roadshow planned by the Delhi BJP after Ms Murmu’s victory, that will begin from the party headquarters and end on Rajpath. There are expected to be many senior leaders present at this occasion, according to sources.
There are also victory processions that have been scheduled by state units of the BJP, which are going to be carried out shortly after the results are announced.
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In Rairangpur, the hometown of Ms Murmu, in western Odisha, the residents have also prepared 20,000 sweets with which they will celebrate the occasion. It has also been decided to hold a tribal dance and a victory procession as part of the celebration.
As part of its strategy to split the opposition and win support from non-aligned parties like Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal and Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress, the NDA decided to choose Ms Murmu, a tribal woman from Odisha and a former governor of Jharkhand. However, it followed the same strategy for 2012.
As a result, a total of 34 parties have declared support for the opposition candidate, former union minister Yashwant Sinha, and 44 parties have declared support for Droupadi Murmu, who was previously the governor of Jharkhand. Ms Murmu has been accused by several MLAs of taking advantage of her anonymity to carry out a cross-vote in her favor.
Sorting will precede the counting of votes, in which MPs and MLAs will receive separate ballots. In each state, MLAs are given a different value for their votes, while MPs vote values are fixed at 700.
It is important to make sure that the candidate winning the race for the President is not the one who gets the most votes, but the one who gets the most votes over a certain threshold. As a rule, the quota is calculated by adding all the votes that were cast for each candidate, dividing the sum by two, and then adding ‘1’ to the quota that is calculated. In the event that more votes are obtained than this value, then the winner is the candidate with the most votes.
July 25 will be the day when the President-elect takes the oath of office.