India votes for next president from lowest Dalit caste


NEW DELHI: Indian lawmakers voted Monday for a new president certain to come from the bottom of the Hindu caste system, in an election seen as strengthening Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s grip on power. Some 4,900 legislators nationwide voted in what Modi termed a “historic” election to choose the titular head of state. Ram Nath Kovind, the candidate of Modi’s right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a former lawyer and state governor from the Dalit community, is certain to win. His main rival is Meira Kumar, the nominee of the Congress-led opposition and also a Dalit. The result will be announced Thursday.



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