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3 absentees in TN, Karnataka for presidential polls

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai/Bengaluru/Thiruvananthapuram 

Barring three legislators, all MLAs in southern states of Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, and Union Territory of voted in the coveted presidential today.

Besides the MLAs, one MP each cast their votes in and assembly secretariats respectively, officials said after polling ended at 5 pm.

In Tamil Nadu, the voting process was over in just about two hours with 232 legislators, Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, and Parikkal Abdullah from Kuttiyadi in Kozhikode district casting their votes at the assembly secretariat conference hall in Chennai.

While Chief Minister K Palaniswami was the first to cast his vote at 10 am, (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) legislator and former minister S Semmalai was the last to exercise his franchise by 11.56 am.

State Rajesh Lakhoni said the sealed ballot box would be taken to by a 9.10 PM flight.

94-year-old president could not vote due to health reasons, party working president and his son said after exercising his franchise.

Besides, one seat (RK Nagar) is vacant in the 234-member assembly.

In Karnataka, two MLAs skipped the voting.

Out of 224 MLAs, 222 along with Congress MP from Chikkodi, Prakash Hukkeri cast their votes at Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat in Bengaluru, Assistant Returning Officer and Assembly Secretary S Murthy said in a statement.

According to officials, JDS' Y S V Datta and suspended party Cheluvaraya Swamy did not vote.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Opposition Leader Jagadish Shettar and JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy led their party MLAs in casting votes for the

A report from Thiruvananthapuram said 138 MLAs, including lone BJP representative O Rajagopal, cast their ballots.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Leader of the Opposition in the Ramesh Chennithala and other legislators cast their vote at the complex.

CPI(M) veteran and former chief minister V S Achuthanandandn and Congress leader Oommen Chandy were among the prominent ones to cast their votes early in the day.

In Puducherry, all 30 elected legislators exercised their franchise.

Speaker V Vaithilingam was first to vote, followed by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, his cabinet colleagues and others.

Although opposition AINRC has eight legislators in the House, one of its members P R N Tirumurugan representing Karaikal, turned up at the booth separately and after casting his vote, he left the venue without talking to media.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 22:23 IST