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Ram Nath Kovind is India’s new president

Ram Nath Kovind, a 71-year-old former Sangh Parivar  activist, is the new President of India.

On Thursday, he defeated Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, also a Dalit, by getting 65% of the Electoral College votes.

He will be India’s 14th President.

The former Governor of Bihar, the second Dalit to hold the top position, got 2930 votes with a value of 702044, the election commission said.

Kovind is also the first BJP member to become President.

Meira Kumar, also a Dalit, got 1844 votes with a value of 367314.

The Electoral College comprised of Members of Parliament and members of Legislative Assemblies of all the States.

A total of 4,896 voters — 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs — were eligible to cast their ballot. MLCs of States are not part of the electoral college.

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