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Presidential Elections 2017 dates announced, polls on July 17

Presidential Elections 2017 dates announced, polls on July 17

June 07, 2017 06:26 PM

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday announced the dates for the Presidential and Vice Presidential elections. CEC Naseem Zaidi addressed a press conference to inform the nation about the all-important polls. The polls will be notified on June 14 by the EC. The last day for nomination is June 28. The last date for scrutiny is June 29. The last day of withdrawal of nomination will be July 1. Polling will be held on July 17, whereas the counting will be held on July 20.The CEC said that no party can issue a whip and MPs and MLAs will be free to not vote in the polls.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari are retiring in July. All the political parties are scrambling to decide their stance on the issue. While the Opposition is thinking about talking to the Modi government for a consensus candidate, it is also planning to field its candidate in case government declines their offer which seems to be highly possible.

The BJP and its allies seem to be in a comfortable position as they have numbers by their side. After the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand wins, the NDA just needs 1.7% votes to reach the halfway mark. The total value of votes of the electoral college is 10,98,882. 5,49,442 votes are needed to reach the majority mark. The NDA alliance has 5,31,442 votes, which is around 48.3% votes. For the BJP, the fight is for the remaining 1.7%. It seems they would easily cross over the half-way mark. Friendly parties like AIADMK can do the trick for the NDA. Jagan Mohan Reddy has already pledged support for the NDA.

The Congress party is leading the struggle for the Opposition. Sonia Gandhi has been meeting anti-BJP parties for their support. It is a common belief that the chances of the Opposition to stall BJP’s candidate from assuming the top constitutional post are slim. However, Sonia Gandhi is fighting another battle altogether. It is trying to generate the feeling of a common cause keeping 2019 general elections in mind. It is using the presidential elections as the first test of the prospective grand alliance. 

For the BJP, many names have come up, which includes Jharkhand governor Murmu and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. However, the party is keeping its cards close to the chest. The Opposition camp is also undecided and is waiting for the BJP’s move. Both sides are waiting for the other to blink. Here are the few names doing the rounds.

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