Voting begins to elect new President of India


A total of 776 Members of Parliament and 4,033 MLAs will vote in the Presidential elections….reports Asian Lite News

Voting for electing the new President of India began on Monday in Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the early MPs to cast his vote at the polling booth inside the Parliament premises.

Talking to IANS Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said, “The NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu is going to win this election with a record vote and with a huge margin.”

Murmu is the NDA candidate, who is contesting against Yashwant Sinha, supported by the Opposition parties.

The Rajya Sabha’s Secretary General is the Returning Officer for this election.

The President is elected by members of the Electoral College consisting of elected Members of Parliament and that of all the state Assemblies, including National Capital Territory of Delhi and the Union Territory of Puducherry. The nominated Members of Parliament, state Assemblies and Members of Legislative Council are not eligible to vote.

A total of 776 Members of Parliament and 4,033 MLAs will vote in the Presidential elections.

The total value of votes is 10,86,431, of which votes of MLAs are 5,43,231 and MPs are 5,43,200.

140 MLAs, 2 outstation lawmakers to cast votes in Kerala Assembly

The Kerala Assembly on Monday will join the process of electing the new president of India.

There are 140 members in the Kerala Assembly and it’s a foregone conclusion that all the 140 members, which includes 99 legislators belonging to the ruling CPI-M led Left Democratic Front and the 41 members belonging to the Congress-led UDF, will vote for the joint opposition candidate Yaswanth Sinha, who was here to campaign recently.

The voting is being held at the third floor of the Assembly from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

However, apart from the 140 legislators, the Assembly polling booth will see two visitors casting their votes. Apna Dal legislator Neel Ratan Singh Patel representing the Sevapuri Assembly constituency in Uttar Pradesh is undergoing an ayurvedic treatment and hence will cast his vote for Draupadi Murmu, the candidate of the BJP-led NDA.

The other visitor is S. Gnanathiraviam, the Thirunelveli DMK Lok Sabha member. He is presently Covid positive and will be the last member to cast his vote here, around 5 p.m.

The Kerala votes will be packed in one box while the other two ballots will be put in separate boxes.

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