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Presidential poll: All Chg MLAs exercise franchise

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

All the 90 MLAs in the Legislative Assembly cast their vote in the presidential today.

"The voting began at 'Samiti Kaksh-2' (committee room-2) in the premises at 10 am and concluded at 5 pm," said Devendra Verma, Principal Secretary, Vidhan Sabha, who is acting as the Assistant Returning Officer for the poll.

All 90 members, including Chief Minister Raman Singh, his Cabinet colleagues, the Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Leader of the Opposition TS Singhdeo and state unit president Bhupesh Baghel, also an MLA, exercised their franchise.

NDA's Ram Nath Kovind is pitted against the Congress-led opposition's candidate in the presidential

In the 90-member House, the ruling has 49 members and the 39. One is from the while another is the Independent legislator.

Though had expelled Marwahi Amit Jogi and suspended its Gunderdehi legislator RK Rai, their MLAship is intact.

Meanwhile, during polling, the Independent from Mahasamund constituency Vimal Chopra was prevented by officials from entering the voting room as he was wearing a kurta displaying some slogans (on the issue of farmers), Verma said, adding that the legislator was later allowed to vote after he changed his kurta.

After the voting concluded, the ballot box was sealed in the presence of representatives of the two candidates (Kovind and Kumar), the officer said.

The ballot box will be sent to Delhi through a flight tomorrow, he added.

The counting of votes will take place on July 20.

Out of 11 MPs from Chhattisgarh, 10 are from the and one from the Congress. The ruling party has three MPs on and the Congress 2 from the state.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 21:48 IST