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Two RS members each of Cong, TMC skip voting

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The and the led the campaign to get the opposition's candidate elected to the Deputy Chairman's post, but failed to ensure that all their members were present when votes were cast in the house today.

While the BJP-led NDA was present in full strength in the house, two members each of the Congress, and were not present.

With 232 members out of the effective strength of 244 voting, NDA candidate comfortably sailed through with 125 votes, while opposition's candidates B K Hariprasad managed to get support of 105 members.

Two members of YSRCP abstain from the voting.

The PDP and the AAP, which have two and three members respectively, did not participate in the voting, sources in the secretariat said.

Two members each of the Congress, TMC, and one member of were also absent from the house at the time of voting.

Fence sitters BJD and TRS also supported the NDA candidate in the election.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today initiated the process of the election by calling for division of votes in the House.

The post of has been lying vacant since the retirement of P J Kurien on July 1.

Congress-led UPA candidate was able to manage support of other opposition parties like SP, BSP, CPI and CPI(M).

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 17:05 IST