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Prez Polls: Modi, Shah, Manmohan, Kejriwal Cast Ballot

| Updated : July 19, 2022, 11:19 am
Updated : July 19, 2022, 11:19 am

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PM Narendra Modi casts his vote at the Parliament House.

 

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah on Monday cast their votes as members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha queued up at the Parliament House here to elect the next President of India.

BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has fielded former Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu against joint Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha for the presidential election.

Speaking on the occasion of the commencement of the monsoon session of Parliament, PM Modi said, “This session is also important because elections for the office of President and Vice President are taking place. Voting (for the Presidential election) is taking place today. During this period, the new President and Vice President will begin guiding the nation.”


The polling started at 10 am at the Parliament House and the state legislative assemblies with MPs and MLAs casting their votes to choose the successor of President Ram Nath Kovind.

The voting process will conclude at 5 pm. The counting of votes is scheduled to take place on July 21.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who represents Rajasthan state in the Upper House, also exercised his franchise. The 89-year-old leader, who was admitted to Delhi AIIMS last year, looked frail as officials assisted him in the voting process.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has declared support for Sinha, cast the ballot at the Delhi Assembly. He is a sitting MLA from the New Delhi constituency.


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