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Prez poll: Abdul Rashid lone J&K MLA not to vote

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Independent Sheikh Abdul Rashid was the lone legislator from who abstained from voting in the presidential poll today.

Defending his decision to abstain from voting, Rashid said while the could never have been his choice, the united opposition had lost the right to seek his vote.

"Though the top leadership approached me more than once for voting in favour of the joint opposition candidate, it was made clear to them that the has lost the right to seek my vote in light of the broken promises made by President when he was the UPA's presidential nominee," Rashid said here.

He said that he had submitted a memorandum to Mukherjee seeking clemency for attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged inside New Delhi's Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013.

Mukherjee had promised to have a very humanitarian view of the clemency In the presence of both (former chief minister) and (former Pradesh Committee chief) Saif-ud-din Soz, Mukherjee had assured that Guru would not be hanged, Rashid claimed.

But, after becoming the president, he forgot the promise and as such there was no reason to vote for anyone seeking the constitutional post, the from north Kashmir's Langate constituency said.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 21:02 IST