According to BJP’s arithmetic, National Democratic Alliance candidate Ram Nath Kovind currently has over 60 per cent support in the presidential electoral college of 1,098,903 votes. The electoral college comprises elected members of the two houses of Parliament and elected legislators of 31 assemblies (including Delhi and Puducherry).
There are indications that many from the Opposition ranks might announce their support to Kovind in the coming days. The unity of 17 Opposition parties, who met for a lunch that Congress president Sonia Gandhi hosted on May 26 to discuss the issue, is set to break.
Here is how parties stand in their support to Kovind's candidature:
|Parties supporting Kovind's candidature||Parties opposing Kovind's candidature||
Parties having neutral
National Democratic Alliance
This includes parties like
BJP, Shiv Sena, Telugu Desam Party, Shiromani Akali Dal, Peoples Democratic Party, Republican Party of India (A), Naga Peoples Front, Lok Janshakti Party, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party and two dozen other smaller constituents.
Prominent non-NDA supporters
AIADMK, YSR Congress, Biju Janata Dal, Telangana Rashtra Samiti
|Left parties (CPI (M), CPI, RSP), Congress, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal, AIUDF, JMM, JVM, National Conference, Muslim League||Janata Dal (United), Bahujan Samaj Party, Nationalist Congress Party, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Janata Dal (Secular), Samajwadi Party|