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38 out of 40 MLAs cast their votes in prez poll in Mizoram

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl 

Thirtyeight of the total 40 MLAs of cast their votes at the assembly secretariat here today to elect the next president of the country.

The value of the vote of each Mizoram's legislator is eight.

secretariat officials said two ruling members - Minister of State for Disaster Management C Ngunlianchunga and S Laldingliana were outside the state for medical treatment and could not vote.

Thirtytwo legislators voted for the joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar, while five MNF members cast their votes in favour of the ruling nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

MNF spokesperson Lalruatkima said that the party's lawmakers voted for Kovind as he belonged to a dalit community and was nominee of the

MNF is a constituent of North East Democratic Alliance which supported at the Centre.

The lone People's Conference (MPC) legislator Lalthanliana, however, refused to divulge who he voted for.

He was given a free hand in the polls by the party's high command.

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

First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 18:48 IST