Who will be the next president of India?

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India’s President Pranab Mukherjee is due to retire in July. The buzz is already in the air about his possible successor.For the first time in the nation’s political history, it’s the BJP that is now set to have a candidate of its choice elected as head of state.

After the landslide of the party and its allies in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and its rise to power in Manipur and Goa, the ruling NDA is just short of 25,000 votes in its electoral college for the presidency. This shortage is quite bridgeable – parties like the Biju Janata Dal and the AIADMK can step in to fill the gap should they wish to.

The President of India is elected by the Electoral College​comprising of elected members of both the houses of parliament, elected members of legislative assembly of every state and legislative assembly of Union territories.

Various names are doing the round for this job. Let’s have a look at some of them

Nominees are for India’s next president

NDA:

  1. Lal Krishna Advani
  2. Murli Manohar Joshi
  3. Sumitra Mahajan
  4. Draupadi Murmu

Opposition:

  1. Gopalkrishna Gandhi
  2. Meira Kumar
  3. Sharad Pawar