Next President of India: Congress pitches Meira Kumar against BJP's Draupadi Murmu

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If the BJP decides to nominate Jharkhand Governor, Draupadi Murmu as its presidential candidate, then the opposition will pitch Meira Kumar, the daughter of Babu Jagjivan Ram. The opposition has also been considering the name of Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the former West Bengal governor and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. The next President of India will be elected in July after the term of Pranab Mukherjee ends.

[Former LS Speaker Meira Kumar owes Rs 1.98 crore as house rent]

Meira vs Draupadi

Meira vs Draupadi

However if the BJP announces the name of Draupadi Murmu, then the opposition would drop Gandhi's name and pitch Meira Kumar as its candidate for the post of President of India. The opposition would however wait for the BJP led NDA to announce its candidate before it finalises it choice for the next president of India.

RSS candidate vs Gopal Gandhi

RSS candidate vs Gopal Gandhi

If the BJP decides to field an RSS functionary, then the opposition would nominate Gandhi for the post. In case the BJP decides to give Pranab Mukherjee another term, then the opposition would not oppose it. However the opposition would not nominate Mukherjee on its own.

Sharad Pawar still in race

Sharad Pawar still in race

During the several rounds of discussion held by the opposition many have proposed the name of Sharad Pawar, the NCP leader. Many see him as an ideal candidate. However there are caste equations and other permutation combinations that the opposition would need to consider, depending on the choice of president made by the BJP.

First tribal President of India

First tribal President of India

The BJP on the other hand is most likely to go with the candidature of Draupadi Murmu. If she is elected then she would be the first tribal President of India. The BJP has now been gathering the numbers in the electoral college to elect the next President of India. With support pouring in from various parties such as the AIADMK and the YSR Congress, the BJP would have no problem in electing a candidate of its choice.

The electoral college

No. State/UT MLAs Population Vote value Total vote value
1 Andhra Pradesh 175 43,502,708 248 43400
2 Arunachal Pradesh 60 467,511 8 480
3 Assam 126 14,625,152 116 14,616
4 Bihar 243 42,126,236 173 42,039
5 Chhattisgarh 90 11,637,494 129 11,610
6 Delhi 70 4,065,698 58 4,060
7 Goa 40 795,120 20 800
8 Gujarat 182 26,697,475 147 26,754
9 Haryana 90 10,036,808 112 10,080
10 Himachal Pradesh 68 3,460,434 51 3468
11 Jammu and Kashmir 87 6,300,000 72 6,264
12 Jharkhand 81 14,227,133 176 14,256
13 Karnataka 224 29,299,014 131 29,344
14 Kerala 140 21,347,375 152 21,280
15 Madhya Pradesh 230 30,016,625 131 30,130
16 Maharashtra 288 50,412,235 175 50,400
17 Manipur 60 1,072,753 18 1,080
18 Meghalaya 60 1,011,699 17 1,020
19 Mizoram 40 332,390 8 320
20 Nagaland 60 516,499 9 540
21 Odisha 147 21,944,615 149 21,903
22 Puducherry 30 471,707 16 480
23 Punjab 117 13,551,060 116 13,572
24 Rajasthan 200 25,765,806 129 25,800
25 Sikkim 32 209,843 7 224
26 Tamil Nadu 234 41,199,168 176 41,184
27 Telangana 119 43,502,708 148 17612
28 Tripura 60 1,556,342 26 1,560
29 Uttar Pradesh 403 83,849,905 208 83,824
30 Uttarakhand 70 4,491,239 64 4,480
31 West Bengal 294 44,312,011 151 44,394
  Total 4,120 549,302,055   549,474

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