Counting to be held on July 21, 10 states, Puducherry record 100% turnout
New Delhi: Over 99 per cent of the total 4,796 electors cast their votes in the presidential poll held at the Parliament House and the state legislative assemblies. As many as 10 states and the Union Territory of Puducherry recorded a 100 per cent turnout. The counting of votes will take place on July 21 while the next President will take oath on July 25.
The election for the 15th President of India was held across the country on Monday, with 721 MPs and nine MLAs voting at the Parliament House in Delhi, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other prominent leaders.
A part of the first floor of Parliament was cordoned and Room no 63 in the Parliament House was converted into a polling center for the electors. A red carpet was laid out for the electors, and part of the iconic Parliament building’s first floor, with its iconic red sandstone pillars, was covered with a white curtain, as the area was sanitised for voting.
Huge posters showcasing the historic Rashtrapati Bhawan were also put out outside the room where the voting took place. The voting started at 10 a.m. on Monday, and MPs could be seen beelining to cast their votes, despite long queues.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to cast his vote shortly after the polling started. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also arrived within the first hour of the voting, even as he arrived in a wheelchair. Singh and Modi were among 350 electors who exercised their franchise within the first 1.5 hours of the presidential ballot.
Four officers helped Manmohan Singh, 89, stand up from his wheelchair and drop the paper in the secret ballot box.
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav also arrived at the venue in a wheelchair, owing to poor health.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi also cast their votes later in the day.
Rajya Sabha Secretary General and Chief Returning Officer for the Presidential polls, PC Mody said out of 736 electors comprising 727 Members of Parliament (MPs) and nine Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) who were permitted by ECI to vote at Parliament House, New Delhi, 730 electors – 721 MPs and nine MLAs cast their vote before closure of poll.
“The total elector turnout at Parliament House was 99.18 percent,” he said.
Ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Draupadi Murmu is fighting against Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in the Presidential election. The numbers appear to be in favour of Murmu, with around 60 per cent votes belonging to the parties that have supported her candidature.
Ballots from different states will now arrive in New Delhi, and will be taken to Parliament House, where counting will take place on July 21.
The term of President Ram Nath Kovind ends on July 24. (Agencies)