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146 Odisha MLAs vote in presidential election

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

As the voting for the presidential in concluded here this evening, 146 of the 147 members of the and an MP exercised their franchise.

Barring legislator from Bijepur constituency in Bargarh district Subal Sahu, all MLAs from the state cast their votes in the for the top constitutional post.

Alajangi Viswanath Swamy, Independent member of Rajya Sabha, also cast his vote in the polling held in the building here.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra and legislature party leader K V Singhdeo were among the early voters.

As the voting was held in the building amid tight security, legislators belonging to different political parties joined the polling process and cast their votes at intervals.

NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind is being supported by the ruling BJD in

Kovind was in Odisha on July 14 and leaders of BJD and at separate meetings in the state capital.

The UPA candidate Meira Kumar could not visit Odisha in the run up to the presidential since her tour was cancelled.

While there are 117 BJD MLAs in the 147-member Odisha Assembly, the has 16 legislators, the 10, the CPI-M and the Samata Kranti Dal have one MLA each. There are two Independent MLAs in the House.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 22:02 IST