BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
Guwahati, July 16: The stage is all set for electing the new President of India on Monday. The election will be held across all the State Capitals of the country, besides the National Capital, where a collegium comprising members of both Houses of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies will cast their ballot in favour of their chosen candidates.
While the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has fielded veteran RSS member and lawyer Ram Nath Kovind as its candidate for the country’s top post, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is the candidate of choice of the opposition United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
Election Observer Prabhat Kumar Charengi has already arrived here to oversee the election process at the Assam Assembly complex in the city. The Election Commission of India has already appointed Mrigendra Kumar Deka as the Assistant Returning Office.
Three All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) Lok Sabha members – Badruddin Ajmal, Sirajuddin Ajmal and Radheshyam Biswas – will cast their ballots in Guwahati, while former Assam Chief Minister and Titabor MLA Tarun Gogoi and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) legislator Kamal Singh Narzary will vote in New Delhi.
It’s all a numbers game and the NDA candidate has a clear advantage over his UPA rival in Assam and most States where the BJP or its allies are in power, while some regional parties too have expressed support for Kovind. Nevertheless, Kumar is expected to put up a commendable fight.