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Pranab confident of winning with thumping majority

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on November 16, 2017

Casting their votes: The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and the UPA Presidential candidate, Mr Pranab Mukherjee, at Parliament House on Thursday. – Ramesh Sharma

Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh along with UPA chairperson, Ms. Sonia Gandhi and UPA Presidential candidate ,Mr. Pranab Mukherjee casting their votes during the 2012 Presidential Election at Parliament House , in the Capital.Photo : Ramesh Sharma

Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh casting his vote during the 2012 Presidential Election at Parliament House.Pic-Ramesh Sharma

BJP MPs, Mr. L. K. Advani and Mr Arun Jaitley casting their vote for choosing the next President of India at Parliament House , in the Capital. BJP announced Purno. A Sangma as its candidate for the 2012 Presidential Elections.Photo: Ramesh Sharma

BJP MPs,Ms Sushma Swaraj, Mr Jaswant Singh, Mr Ananth Kumar and others during casting their votes for the 2012 Presidential Election at Parliament House. Photo - Ramesh Sharma

West Bengal Chief Minister, Ms Mamata Banerjee, along with Trinamool Congress MPs and MLAs during the voting for Presidential election at West Bengal Assembly in Kolkata. Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

BSP supremo, Ms Mayavati seemed to look happy with her choice for the upcoming president after casting her vote during the 2012 Presidential Election at Parliament House. Photo: Ramesh Sharma

Congress MPs Ms Ambika Soni, Mr Sachin Pilot and Mr Milind Deora on their way to cast their votes during the 2012 Presidential Election at Parliament House.Photo: Ramesh Sharma

DMK MP Ms Kanimozhi coming out with a smile ,after casting her vote during the 2012 Presidential Election at Parliament House. Photo: Ramesh Sharma

Result of President election to be declared on Sunday

With the Trinamool Congress also pledging its support at the eleventh hour, the United Progressive Alliance’s candidate, Mr Pranab Mukherjee appeared confident of winning the President election with a thumping majority.

The Opposition BJP and their candidate Mr P.A. Sangma were still hopeful that the members of the electoral college will vote according to their conscience.

The election saw about 100 per cent polling as majority of the electoral college, consisting of 4,120 MLAs and 776 MPs, decided to vote to elect the first citizen of the country.

The Returning Officer, Mr V.K. Agnihotri, said the election was peaceful and the results will be announced after the counting on Sunday. The ballot boxes from all State Assemblies will be brought to Parliament before the counting date.

The polling started at 10 a.m. and was completed at 4 p.m. on Thursday in Parliament and State Legislatures across the country. Mr Agnihotri said about 96 per cent MPs voted in Parliament.

The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh; the Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi; and senior BJP leaders, Mr L.K. Advani, Ms Sushma Swaraj and Mr Arun Jaitley voted in Parliament.

Other leaders who voted in Parliament included Mr Sitaram Yechury, Mr Sharad Yadav, Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Split wide open

While the UPA firmly backs Mr Mukherjee, the NDA saw a split, with JD(U) and Shiv Sena also deciding to support UPA’s candidate. Mr Sangma, who was initially proposed by the BJD and the AIADMK, got support from the BJP and the Akali Dal later.

The Left parties were also divided on the candidate. While the CPI(M) and the Forward Bloc decided to support Mr Mukherjee, the CPI and the RSP abstained from the election.

Mr Mukherjee’s election coordinators said he will win with a thumping majority. Those who campaigned for Mr Sangma said MPs will vote according to their conscience.

The NDA is likely to file an election case against Mr Mukherjee for allegedly not resigning from three offices ahead of the President election.

> jigeesh.am@thehindu.co.in



Published on July 19, 2012

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