Addressing the representatives assembled at the CM's residence, Kovind enumerated his priorities if he becomes president of the India. The Opposition's campaign dealt a severe blow by the JD (U), a Congress ally in Bihar, as it chose to back Kovind after being the first to moot the idea of putting up a joint candidate against the NDA's. And the voting has begun today at 10 am.
A total of 4,896 lawmakers - parliamentarians and legislators - are expected to vote in Monday's election.
Voting for the presidential poll in Uttar Pradesh ended this afternoon with 402 of the 403 MLAs and three MPs exercising their franchise while SP legislator Shivpal Singh Yadav voted for NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind.
Thirty-two polling stations - one in Parliament House and one each in the state legislative assemblies - have been set up. He was spotted with an umbrella as there is cloudy weather in the city.
With the numbers favouring Mr Kovind in Monday's presidential election, against the Opposition's candidate Meira Kumar, the result is a foregone conclusion as almost two-thirds of the electoral college is backing him, including some non-NDA parties.
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul also voted. Of these, 714 MPs and four MLAs voted here.
The counting of votes will take place on July 20 in New Delhi. All these MLAs, who met Kovind during his recent visit to the Assam capital Guwahati, are likely to join the BJP any day after July 22.
Another contesting candidate of India's Presidential Election 2017 is Meira Kumar, the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha.
Kumar is daughter of the country's veteran Dalit leader Babu Jagjivan Ram who had served as Union Minister for several decades in the Congress Governments at the Centre.
Voting started at 10 am and it was closed at 5 pm. At the time of her nomination, Meira had said, "This election is a fight of ideology".