- Title: India begins presidential vote count, BJP candidate Kovind frontrunner
- Date: 20th July 2017
- Summary: NEW DELHI, INDIA (JULY 20, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** STATUE OF MAHATMA GANDHI OUTSIDE THE INDIAN PARLIAMENT EXTERIOR OF INDIAN PARLIAMENT RAIN FALLING ON ROAD OFFICIALS CARRYING A BALLOT BOX VARIOUS OF OFFICIALS TAKING OUT BALLOT PAPERS BALLOT PAPERS VARIOUS OF OFFICIALS COUNTING THE BALLOT PAPERS NEW DELHI, INDIA (JULY 19, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE OF INDIA'S RULING BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY, RAM NATH KOVIND (IN THE CENTER, WEARING A GREY JACKET) WALKING WITH OTHERS KOVIND OFFERING PRAYERS AT A SIKH SHRINE BANGLA SAHIB PRIESTS OFFERING PRAYERS INSIDE THE SHRINE MORE OF KOVIND WALKING NEW DELHI, INDIA (JULY 20, 2017) (REUTERS) MEDIA STANDING OUTSIDE THE RESIDENCE OF OPPOSITION PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, MEIRA KUMAR SECURITY GUARDS SITTING PLAQUE READING (English): 'D-1029' (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIA'S OPPOSITION PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, MEIRA KUMAR, SAYING: "With great belief in the ideology for which I have fought and now let's see the...and then I have appealed to the inner voice of conscience. Let's see how much it prevails." TRAFFIC ON ROAD LEADING TO THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE INDIAN NATIONAL FLAG ON TOP OF THE DOME OF THE PALACE VARIOUS OF PRESIDENTIAL PALACE
- Embargoed: 3rd August 2017 11:06
- Keywords: Ram Nath Kovind BJP Meira Kumar opposition president India
- Location: NEW DELHI, INDIA
- City: NEW DELHI, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016QITRUT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: India began counting votes for its next president on Thursday (July 20) with the ruling coalition's candidate, Ram Nath Kovind, clear favourite to win the largely ceremonial post, extending the government's control of top jobs.
Some 4,800 members of parliament and state assemblies cast votes this week to choose between Kovind and Meira Kumar, a former speaker backed by the main opposition Congress party as the 14th president. Both leaders are from low-caste.
Kovind's ascent to the highest public office would be the first for a leader reared in the powerful Hindu revivalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) or National Volunteers' Association, the ideological mentor of the BJP.
Modi, himself, was associated early on with the RSS that has long propagated a Hindu-first India.
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