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Prez election: Tel CM casts vote, two members remain absent

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

A total of 117 out of 119 members of the Legislative Assembly cast their vote in the presidential today, barring the MIM floor leader and the ruling member Manohar Reddy.

While Owaisi is out of the country, according to sources in his party, Reddy is undergoing treatment at a hospital here.


president and Chief Minister spoke to Reddy's family members and told them that Reddy need not come for voting in view of his health, a release from his office said.

Rao was the first to cast his vote in the Assembly.

A substantial number of MLAs exercised their franchise by afternoon, official sources said.

The had earlier declared support to nominee Ram Nath Kovind in the

The party yesterday conducted a meeting of its MLAs to familiarise them with the voting procedure.

The value of each MLA's vote in is 132.

The authorities had made elaborate arrangements for the

Kovind, and Meira Kumar, the former Lok Sabha Speaker who is the UPA nominee for the presidential poll, had earlier visited Hyderabad to mobilise support for their candidature.

Kovind is assured of the support of partners BJP and TDP.

MIM has supported the candidature of Kumar, party sources said.

In the 119-member House, excluding a nominated member who doesn't have the right to vote in the presidential election, the ruling has 82 members, the Congress (19), MIM (7), BJP (5), TDP (3), CPI (1), CPI-M (1) and Independent (1).

There are 17 Lok Sabha members and 10 Rajya Sabha members from

Noting that Kumar was the Lok Sabha speaker when the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill (for the formation of Telangana) was passed, the Congress had earlier said all electors in should vote for her as an expression of gratitude.

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