Presidential elections fight between ideologies, not persons: NCP

Election Commission of India premises
Election Commission of India premises
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18 July, 2017

The pens for the presidential polls were introduced following a controversy that broke out during voting in the Rajya Sabha polls in Haryana in September 2016.

All the 175 MLAs in the AP Assembly, including those of the lone opposition YSRC, had earlier pledged their support to NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. After polling, these ballot boxes will arrive in Delhi on Tuesday, and the votes will be counted on July 20. It will be only the second time that India has had a Dalit head of state.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar are among 55 MPs who will vote in their state assemblies instead of Parliament House for the presidential election tomorrow, an Election Commission document says. Added all up, the total number of MPs vote in India is 776 (Lok Sabha 543 + Rajya Sabha 233).

BJP president Amit Shah, a legislator from Gujarat's Naranpura, is among the five MLAs who have been allowed to vote at the polling station set up in the Parliament, poll panel sources said. Her nomination, which followed Kovind's, was seen by many as the opposition's attempt to counter Modi's move to woo dalits. This fight is between two strong candidates National Democratic Alliance NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind and United Progressive Alliance UPA's candidate Meira Kumar.

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In the Rajasthan Assembly 199 legislators out of 200 exercised their franchise.

The ballot paper was in two colours - Green colour ballot for MPs and Pink colour for MLAs and two columns - the first column had the candidates' names and second to mark preferences by electors. It will begin at 10 am and close at 5 pm. Among the first MLAs to vote was BJP MLA C.T. Ravi.

Assistant Returning Officers and Authorized Agents of the contesting Presidential election candidates were also present during the election process. Besides, Lok Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu Ambumani Ramadoss also did not cast vote.

The Indian legislature including MPs from both houses and MLAs from all the 29 states of the country and union territories voted for their next President.


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