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National News
Prez election: Assembly poll wins likely to help BJP nominee
 
New Delhi, Jun 14 (PTI) The BJP's electoral victory in the recent assembly polls is set to help its nominee get elected as the next president of India.

The BJP has initiated moves to reach out to the Opposition parties on selecting a consensus candidate for the upcoming presidential poll.

But the party's victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have ensured that its share in the electoral college, which would elect the next president, goes up significantly.

The term of President Pranab Mukherjee is coming to an end on July 24 and the nomination process for the July 17 poll began today.

The electoral college which elects the president through the system of proportional representation comprises elected MPs and members of state legislative assemblies -- a total of 4,896 voters including 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs.

While 233 are elected members of the Rajya Sabha, 543 are from the Lok Sabha.

While the Lok Sabha Speaker, an elected member, can vote, two nominated members from the Anglo-Indian community in the Lok Sabha and 12 nominated MPs in the Rajya Sabha cannot.

The value of an MLA's vote depends on the size of the state he or she represents. But the value of the vote of an MP is the same and does not vary.

The total value of the electoral college is 10,98,882.

Before the assembly polls, the NDA was short of 75,076 votes in terms of value. But after BJP's astounding performance in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur, the gap will narrow down to 20,000 votes, an official in the Election Commission explained.

If it is able to get the support of parties like AIADMK with 134 MLAs and BJD with 117 MLAs, it can see the person of its choice in the Rashtrapati Bhawan easily.

In the 243-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP as of now has 56 members, while the Congress with 59 is the single largest party.

With wins in assembly polls, the BJP is set to emerge as the single largest party in the Rajya Sabha too next year and the NDA's tally would be close to 100. It would, however, still be short of a majority in the upper house.

Mayawati's BSP, which finished a poor third in Uttar Pradesh with a tally of just 19 seats, will not be in a position to send her to the Rajya Sabha again when her current term ends next year.


Prices of energy commodities set to rise by 20 pc this year: World Bank
Asaram case: Rape victim's father happy to get justice
States like UP, Bihar keeping India backward: NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant
Engine of Chennai-bound train derails, no casualties
Aseemanand's confession to police not voluntary: NIA court
Security personnel injured in encounter
Terrorism an enemy of basic human rights: Swaraj at SCO Foreign Ministers' meet
PM Modi can’t win trust of Dalits, Rahul Gandhi says
Swamy hails VP's decision rejecting impeachment notice
Woman arrested for killing newborn daughter
24 injured in bus accident in UP
BJP may rope in Swami Aseemanand to work in West Bengal
SC website down amidst fears of hacking
L-G approves proposal to compensate consumers for unscheduled power cuts in Delhi
Manmohan Singh on Kathua, Unnao rape cases: ‘PM Narendra Modi should follow own advice to me, speak more often’
Kathua rape ‘barbaric’, says President Kovind
BJP ministers in J&K government asked to resign, to be replaced with new faces
Pakistan violates ceasefire in J-K's Rajouri
Punjabi singer shot at in Mohali
Woman raped by 3 men in UP
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Parmanu– The Story of Pokhran to Release on 25th May, 2018
 (Apr 25, 2018): Parmanu- The Story of Pokhran, an edge-of-the-seat thriller that will make ev  
I'm my own worst critic: Benedict Cumberbatch
Women being vocal is still new to the world: Priyanka Chopra
Shooting of 'Student of the Year 2' begins in Dehradun
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Macron urges US to help reinvent multilateralism
 (Washington, Apr 25, 2018):French President Emmanuel Macron received a warm, three-minute sta
Scandal-plagued Madrid leader steps down
Trump admin toughens H1-B visa procedure
Armenian Prime Minister resigns amid protests
KERALA NEWS
Watch Video: Thrissur Pooram 2018 off to an amazing start
 (Thrissur, Apr 25, 2018, DG): Hordes of devotees thronged the famous Vadakkunathan temple in
Mysterious deaths in Pinarayi: Soumya confesses to murder of her children, parents
Thrissur Pooram 2018: Muthukuda preparations in full swing / Video
Varappuzha custody death: Chennithala launches hunger strike for CBI probe
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