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222 Karnataka lawmakers vote in presidential poll in Bengaluru

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

In all, 222 lawmakers of the ruling Congress, opposition (BJP), Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and Independents on Monday voted in the presidential at Vidhana Soudha here, said an official.

"Barring two JD-S legislators, 222 MLAs and one Lok Sabha member (Prakash Hukkeri) voted in the presidential poll at the secretariat," state Legislature Secretary S. Murthy told reporters here.

Of the 225-member legislative assembly, which constitutes the electoral college for the presidential poll in the state, the ruling has 124, including the Speaker, 44, JD-S 40, Independents 9, BSR-C 3, KJP 2, one each from KMP and SKP and one nominated.

"Our two legislators -- Y.S.V. Dutta could not vote due to bereavement in his family, and Cheluvaraswamy is abroad on personal visit," JD-S spokesman Ramesh told IANS.

A spokesperson said all its 44 members, including former state Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar and five members of its two allies (BSR-C & KJP) cast their vote for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

"We had requested the nine Independents and members of the regional parties like KMP and SKP to vote in favour of Kovind," the spokesperson told IANS.

A spokesman said all its 124 members, including Speaker Koliwad, voted for joint opposition nominee Meira Kumar.

The JD-S lawmakers also voted for Kumar.

Of the 40 Parliament lawmakers from the southern state, 27 Lok Sabha and 12 Rajya Sabha members voted in the Parliament House in New Delhi.

Ahead of the voting, the and the held legislature party meetings and directed their members to vote in favour of their nominated candidates -- Kumar and Kovind.

Commission Observer Arun Singhal supervised the polling.

Two boxes were placed in Room No. 106 of the state secretariat for the two contestants and the lawmakers were given marker pens to tick on the names of their preferred candidates.

Each MLA in the state has a value of 131 votes and each Lok Sabha member 208, which translates into 29,334 and 5,824 votes from the state, respectively.



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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 23:16 IST