The ruling Congress Party's candidate, Mr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed was elected fifth President of India?
The ruling Congress Party's candidate, Mr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed was elected fifth President of India on Tuesday (20 August).
Mr. Ahmed, who resigned as Food Minister to contest the election, won by a massive majority.
He was voted into office by an Electoral College consisting of all the elected members of Parliament in both Federal and State assemblies.
Mr. Ahmed polled just over 80 per cent of the almost one million valid votes to easily defeat his only rival, veteran trade unionist Mr. Tribid Kumar Chaudhury.
Mr. Ahmed, who is 69 and a British-educated barrister, succeeds Mr. V.V. Giri who will retire as President this week after a five-year term.
There was never any doubt about mr. Ahmed's victory. The Congress Party controls at least 60 per cent of the votes in the electoral College.
The new President will be sworn-in to his new office on Saturday (24 August). He is only the second Muslim to hold the post which is a five-year term.
Tuesday's election was boycotted by the Communist Party in protest against the policies of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi.