Presidential election 2017: MP and MLA vote to elect India's president today

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The President is chosen by an electoral college comprising all the MPs and MLAs in the country, with weighted votes apportioned.

"In Delhi, 717 MPs were to cast their ballot but only 714 exercised their franchise". Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and BSP chief Mayawati were among those prominent leaders who cast their votes at Parliament house.

Although the opposition AINRC has eight legislators in the House, one of its members P R N Tirumurugan representing Karaikal, however, turned up at the booth separately and after casting his vote he left the venue without talking to media. He said, MPs Tapas Paul, Ramachandra Hansdah didn't vote as they are in police custody.

The value of one MP's vote is 708 while that of an MLA depends on the size of the respective state assemblies as well as the population in that particular state. The total value of all MLA votes is 5,49,495.

If elected, Kovind will be the second Dalit President of India after KR Narayanan who was the first from the community to hold the post. Other 14 parties (AITC, CPI (M), NCP, SP, BSP, AAP, RJD, AIUDF, JDS, JMM, AIMIM, CPI, JKNC) that have extended their support to the opposition's candidate have a total number of 60,180 votes in Lok Sabha, 47,436 votes in Raj Sabha, 152,776 votes in state assemblies with around 24 percent of vote. "In that sense it is a complete vote", he said, adding that the voting was extremely peaceful.




Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was addressing an all-party meeting ahead of the Parliament session, said it would have been better if the President had been chosen by consensus.

A polling staff collected the personal pens from MPs/ MLAs before their entry into the voting chamber and handed him/her the special pen.

Two ballot boxes along with ballot papers in two colours arrived in Bengaluru at the Vidhana Soudha on Sunday from Delhi. Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot cast his vote in Gujarat.

Counting will be taken up simultaneously on four tables and there will be eight rounds of counting with an announcement after every round.

The committee room in the legislative assembly has been made the polling centre.

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