Pranab Mukherjee elected president of India

India News Bulletin Desk
President Pranab Mukherjee
President Pranab Mukherjee
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Pranab Mukherjee was today elected as the 13th president of India. He will take oath on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

The 76-year-old Congressman and the former Finance Minister beat rival P. A. Sangma at the presidential race by securing nearly 70% of the total valid votes. Voting for the presidential election took place on Thursday, July 19. The electoral college for the poll consisted of MPs and MLAs.

Out of 748 MPs, who had voted, Mukherjee secured 527 votes with a value of 3,73,116 against Sangma who secured a vote value of 1,45,848. Mukherjee had an early lead soon after the counting began on Sunday.

Sangma was backed by opposition party BJP and secured votes in BJP-governed states including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Himachal Pradesh.

"I declare that Shri Pranab Mukherjee has been duly elected to the office of President of India," returning officer and Rajya Sabha secretary general V.K. Agnihotri announced on Sunday after seven hours of counting.

Mukherjee resigned from his role in the UPA government’s finance ministry to run for the presidential election. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh became the acting finance minister in June.

He has previously held other governmental portfolios such as the role of Defence Minister and Foreign Minister. In 2008, he was honoured Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award of India, for his contributions.

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