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Presidential Elections 2017: Voting ends; all eyes on counting day July 20

Presidential Elections 2017: Voting ends; all eyes on counting day July 20

The ruling NDA has thrown its weight behind former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, while a gathbandhan of of 14 Opposition parties have proposed former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as their presidential candidate. Let the presidential poll get over first, he said.

Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Puducherry recorded 100 per cent voting.

Jailed NCP MLAs Chhagan Bhujbal and Ramesh Kadam are also expected to cast their votes in the presidential election, a Vidhan Bhawan official said. He has practised in both the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court. In Delhi, 717 MPs were to cast their ballot but only 714 exercised their franchise.

When asked if DMK chief M Karunanidhi will cast his vote, the party's deputy leader in the assembly, Duraimurugan, told reporters: "Please wait and see till 5 pm".

The four BJP MLAs also cast their votes along with their ally.

Though the election is through a secret ballot, the parties can not issue a whip to their members to vote for a particular candidate. "A president never belongs to any party". As lawmakers voted to elect the next president, theruling BJP exuded confidence that Kovind would win with a " comfortable" margin.

Tomorrow, NDA's Ramnath Kovind and Congress-led Opposition's Meira Kumar will face off with each other in the presidential polls. If the decision is not right then Prime Minister Narendra Modi should make an investigation into this.

Counting of the votes will be held on Thursday.

The election was conducted at 32 polling stations, including in Parliament and the State Assemblies.

Rest of this, The Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch said this, in light of the examination of self-sworn oaths of 4,852 of 4,896 MPs and MLAs.

MLCs of states with legislative council are not part of the electoral college.

Except this, on the other hand, Lok Sabha MPs 445 (82%) out of 543, 194 (84%) out of 231 Rajya Sabha MPs, 2721 (68%) out of 4,078 MLAs from all state and UT congregations are multi-tycoons.


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