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Presidential voting in India concludes


July 19, 2012 - New Delhi

The Indian Presidential Election to elect the 13th president of the country was held today. UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee who is the favorite to win the election is contesting against former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma who is endorsed by the BJP. The results of the election will be announced on Sunday.

The President of India is elected by an electoral college comprising of MPs of the Indian Parliament and MLAs from the State assemblies. All the 776 MPs except those in nominated posts will be able to cast their votes. There are 4120 MLAs in the state assemblies. Each vote of Member of Parliament has a value of 708 votes, while the MLAs vote depends on the population of the state the MLA represents.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC president and Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the candidate Pranab Mukherjee himself and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi were among those who casted their votes earlier. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati, Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar who announced their support to Pranab Mukherjee have also casted their votes. Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Murali Manohar Joshi, Anurag Thakur, Yashodhare Raje also utilized their vote early in the morning. Biju Janata Dal leaders B Mahtab, Baijayant Panda, PK Patsani were also among those who voted early today.

In an embarrassing incident, Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav casted his vote for Sangma by mistake and was allowed to cast his vote again. Gujarat BJP MLA Kanu Kalasariya voted for Pranab Mukherjee despite his party BJP supporting Sangma. The vote of BJD MLA Prabhat Biswal from Odisha was disqualified as he has showing his ballot paper after casting the vote.

Out of the 243 MLAs of Bihar assembly, a total of 240 MLAs have casted their vote. The majority of them are supporting Pranab Mukherjee.

Few of the political parties in the country have abstained from voting. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) led by Raj Thackeray who has 12 MLAs abstained from voting. CPI, RSP, Telugu Desam and Telangana Rashtra Samithi have also abstained from casting their vote.

Pranab Mukherjee appeared confident after the voting concluded. He however said that he is hoping to get many more votes than the numbers reported by the media.

Numbers

Pranab Mukherjee

UPA favored Pranab Mukherjee is the favorite to win the election. He has received support from a number of UPA allies along with few of BJP allies.
UPA + TMC + RJD + SP + BSP + JDS + CPI(M) + FB + Shiv Sena + JDU = 66.7%

PA Sangma

Sangma gets the majority of support from BJP.
BJP + SAD + JMM + BJD + AIADMK = 30.3%

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