Another masterstroke by Prime Minister Modi.‘Sources’ of media channels kept harping on names like Sushma Swaraj or LK Advani as the likely presidential nominee of the NDA, but they got stumped, as usual.
Prime Minister Modi picked Ram Nath Kovind as NDA’s presidential nominee – a connected-to-the-roots Dalit leader who has worked for the upliftment of the downtrodden. He is non-controversial which makes this a masterstroke of even larger significance.
Even though the President of India is apolitical in nature, the exercise that leads to the President’s election is as political as it can get. As far as numbers go, Ram NathKovind will be the next President of India even though the BJP needs support from parties who aren’t members of the NDA.
The mathematics involved in the presidential election is very complex. The Electoral College comprises of all elected MPs and MLAs, whose vote has a defined weightage depending on size of the population.
Calculating the value of MLA’s vote –
The value of an MLA’s vote is calculated by dividing the population of the state to which the members belong as per 1971 Census by the total number of elected members of that state’s Assembly and then dividing the result by 1000. This means that an MLA of a populous state carries more value to his or her vote than a member of an Assembly of less populous state.
Calculating the value of MP’s vote –
The value of all the votes from all states is divided by the total number of elected members in both Houses of the Parliament to calculate the value of vote of one MP. Nominated members are not eligible to vote in the presidential election.
Following is NDA’s total –
Following is UPA’s total –
NDA’s strength –
Members of political parties can vote for the candidate of their choosing as a secret ballot ensures fair polling. But it is expected that members will vote along party lines.
Thus, the NDA led by the BJP, has 5,37,683 votes including the electoral strength of the Shiv Sena.
Other than this, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) have also declared support for Ram Nath Kovind. The strength of these three parties is 71,788.
Adding this to the NDA number, the total strength easily crosses the number needed for Ram Nath Kovind to be elected as the next President of India.
Source – www.indiatvnews.com