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Who will be the next President of India: Here are some names

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The Republic of India is the largest democracy in the world. The executive authority vested in the President are, in practice, exercised by the Prime Minister with the help of the Council of Ministers. The presidential polls will be held in July 2017 when Pranab Mukherjee steps down after completing his 5 year term. To choose a candidate for the next President of India, the BJP leadership has begun preliminary consultations. During the discussions all leaders said that a party nominee must be chosen. The opposition has been considering the name of Gopal Krishna Gandhi, the former West Bengal Governor for the post of next President of India. Parties like the Congress, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC and the Left have spoken about fielding a “secular” opposition candidate if the BJP-led NDA picks a nominee with Hindutava leanings.
The President of India is elected by an electoral college comprising of elected  MPs of Lok Sabha (543), Rajya Sabha (233), MLAs (4120). The vote of MP  has  different value to that of MLA and it calculated as per formulae based on the proportionate share of population.
Be that as it may, given the arithmetic of the Electoral College, the dice is clearly loaded in favor of the NDA. The NDA crossed the majority mark in the electoral college after the YSRCP, the Andhra Pradesh party headed by Jagan Mohan Reddy, announced his outfit’s support for the ruling combine and the TRS, which is in power in Telangana, indicated that it will follow suit.
While there has been no official word yet, several names have been doing the rounds in both camps. Here’s a round-up of the top contenders so far
NDA: Sumitra Mahajan ( Speaker of the Lok Sabha), Draupadi Murmu (Governor of Jharkhand), LK Advani, Amitabh Bachchan, Najma Heptullah, Sushma Swaraj and Mohan Bhagwat.
Opposition: Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Meira Kumar, Sharad Pawar

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