Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Congress, BJP hold legislature party meeting ahead of presidential polls

Congress, BJP hold legislature party meeting ahead of presidential polls

"We will see what action can be taken in the matter", said Agarwal, adding that all the 90 MLAs exercised their right to vote at the booth set up in the Assembly complex. In this regard the Congress convened its legislature party meeting at Leader of Opposition Indira Hridayesh's house on Sunday while the Bharatiya Janata Party had convened its meeting at State Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat's residence.

However, BJP was able to form the government with the support of smaller parties while their number also rose to 28 after six Congress MLAs and one Trinamool Congress MLA joined the party. "We have not come to influence the voting, but to see how many MLAs were coming to cast their votes", said Das. Assistant Returning Officer (ARO) Pankaj Agarwal said two polling agents of opposition candidate Meira Kumar - Karan Singh Dalal and Geeta Bhukkal - were present at the place of polling. Siddaramaiah was authorised by the Congress High Command to muster all votes necessary for their candidate in the state. All the BJP MLAs voted in the first half of the day.

Shimla: Hundred per cent polling was recorded in the voting for the presidential election in Himachal with all 67 MLAs casting their vote.

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It was from 10 am that MLAs started to reach Vidhan Sabha and by 11 am, MLAs thronged in large number to cast their votes.

Minister Basavaraj Rayareddy and three other MLAs - S R Vishwanath of BJP, Congress MLAs Rudresh Gowda and Ambareesh - arrived in wheelchairs to cast their votes. The last vote was given by MLA Balbeer Singh Dandotia.

After Palaniswami, his cabinet colleagues including Forest Minister Dindigul C Srinivasan, and School Education Minister KA Sengottaiyan, rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam, his loyalist and former Minister K Pandiarajan cast their votes.

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