The presidential poll would be held on July 17, the Election Commission today announced. "Counting, if required, will be done on July 20", Zaidi said.
Responding to a question, he said the election to 10 Rajya Sabha seats, postponed earlier due to presidential polls and EVM challenge held last week, would now be held after the Presidential election.
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Recently, leaders of the opposition parties met together at Congress president Sonia Gandhi's residence on May 26 to discuss the probable presidential candidates.
The President of India is elected by an electoral college that consists of the elected members of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, elected members of the 29 state legislative assemblies along with the elected members of the legislative assembly of the Union Territories- Delhi and Puducherry.
They, however, made a decision to wait till the ruling party consults them or declares its own candidate.
They need 1.7% votes to get their presidential candidate elected. The recent victories in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur Assembly polls has bolstered its numerical strength in the electoral college. "As on date, they are eligible to cast their vote". Accordingly, the Secretary General of the Lok Sabha will be appointed the returning officer of the present election, "Dr Zaidi said. If poll needed then it would be on July 17 and counting on July 20", Naseem Zaidi said.