When votes polled in the 139-member Kerala Assembly were counted on Thursday, all votes barring one from the lone BJP legislator O. Rajagopal went in favour of Meira Kumar.
This is the first time a candidate who received votes from the traditional rival fronts in Kerala ended up losing the battle.
The value of one vote from Kerala is 152 and one seat in the assembly is lying vacant.
Earlier in 2007 and 2011, when legislators from both the Left and the Congress-led UDF voted for the same candidate, their nominee had won.
On Thursday, Mr Kovind also became the second member from the Dalit community to be elected President, the first person being K.R. Narayanan - who hailed from Kottayam district in Kerala.