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'AAP MLAs' cross-voting forced Kejriwal to ask them to vote

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Leader of Opposition in Assembly, Vijender Gupta, today claimed that legislators had cross-voted in the presidential election, forcing Chief Minister Kejriwal to ask his MLAs to vote as per their conscience.

Sixty-seven MLAs, including four of the opposition BJP, cast their votes in the presidential poll at the Assembly.

Gupta's party colleague and OP Sharma also claimed that "about 10-12 MLAs" who were "unhappy" with Kejriwal voted in favour of the BJP-led (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

"We are supporting (opposition's presidential candidate). All should vote following their conscience," Kejriwal, who cast his vote in the Assembly, said following Sharma's claim.

Gupta claimed that the move by Kejriwal was a "U-turn" as the ruling party MLAs were "angered" by the leadership's decision to support Congress' Kumar.

"The AAP MLAs were deeply anguished with the stand taken by party's top leadership. A number of MLAs had already threatened to vote against Congress-led opposition's candidate Kumar," he said.

The AAP was not given any "importance" by the during the campaign for polling and no polling agent was nominated for Kumar in the Delhi Assembly, he claimed.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 22:57 IST