India's presidential election began Monday, with parliamentarians and state legislators voting to select between ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's contender Ram Nath Kovind and opposition nominee Meira Kumar.
Meanwhile, Raje also addressed the MLAs, MPs ensuring their full support to him during presidential election.
Ruling out NCP's support to Kovind, Memon had said that India can not have a president of RSS idealogy for next 5 years. "All rumours are baseless and should be ignored", he added.
The voting, which started at 10 am today, will finish by 5 pm.
The verdict will be out once the counting takes place on July 20.
India's prime minister wields executive power, but the president can send back some parliamentary bills for reconsideration and also plays a guiding role in the process of forming governments. MPs vote will go to Green ballots and for MLAs, there will be Pink ballots. The parties can not issue a whip to their members to vote for a particular candidate as the election is through a secret ballot.
But Kovind, a former Bihar governor, is expected to garner more than 70% of the votes as the NDA enjoys a brute majority in the Lok Sabha and also in 17 states. The victor will replace incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee and will be sworn into office for a five-year term a week later.
Rebel Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath, who too had earlier announced that he would vote for the NDA candidate, told media that he had voted for Kovind.
The total value of votes of the Electoral College is 10, 98,903, and the NDA candidate is slated to cross the halfway-mark and get about 63 per cent votes. "So it is very important that we protect and preserve it", said Kumar. At the time of her nomination, Meira had said, "This election is a fight of ideology".
"The forces which are present should be decimated". It is expected that Ramnath Kovid as the victor as he has the support of many non-NDA parties all over the country. "I have travelled with my mother", Ansul Kumar said.