MLAs vote to elect next President

Manipur Two more Congress MLAs join BJP ruling coalition’s strength increases to 40

It may be mentioned that the Congress had won 28 seats in the last Assembly election while the BJP managed to secure only 21 seats.

Meanwhile, the Congress had also convened its legislature party meeting at Leader of Opposition's house and explained the members why party is backing former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar in the presidential election. "If we look at the history, then the role of the state government has been dictatorial and wrong attitude towards the Congress party...", they added. While MLC Boseraju was posted as representative of Meira Kumar, Whip of the opposition and BJP MLA V Sunil Kumar was the representative of Ram Nath Kovind. All the BJP MLAs voted in the first half of the day. This takes its strength to 40 in the 60-member Assembly. Siddaramaiah was authorised by the Congress High Command to muster all votes necessary for their candidate in the state.

Shimla: Hundred per cent polling was recorded in the voting for the presidential election in Himachal with all 67 MLAs casting their vote. Chikkodi MP Prakash Hukkeri was the lone MP who had sought permission to cast his vote from Bengaluru, while the rest chose to cast their vote in Delhi.

Later in evening, Assembly's Principal Secretary-cum-Returning Officer for Presidential election A P Singh and Assistant Returning Officer P N Vishwakarma left for New Delhi by flight along with ballot boxes. Former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda said, "This time, the MLAs have voted after listening to their inner voice".

Out of the 234 MLAs in TN Assembly, RK Nagar seat is vacant and Karunanidhi is not scheduled to vote and the rest of 232 legislators voted. Owing to the ink controversy a year ago, this time an IAS officer (Agarwal) presided over the presidential election in the state.

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