New Delhi: Voting for the presidential election began on Thursday in Parliament house and state capitals for electing a new President of the country.

Presidential election in Goa

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was among the first few to cast his vote for the Presidential election.

Parrikar said BJP-backed presidential candidate P A Sangma would get around 30 votes, out of the total 40.

The voting, which began at 10 AM, saw majority of BJP legislators polling their votes while only a few Congress legislators arrived to vote.

Presidential poll: Narendra Modi casts vote

Guajrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was amongst the first few to cast his vote for the Presidential election.

Modi arrived at the polling booth located in the Gujarat Assembly premises just before the official time of voting at 10:00 hrs and casted his vote.

Polling was brisk in the morning as one day assembly session of Gujarat legislative assembly is also scheduled on Thursday.

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) President Arjun Modhwadia and leader of opposition Shaktisinh Gohil were also amongst the few MLAs who casted their vote.

In the first hour around 70 MLAs and MPs also casted their votes, official sources said. The Presidential election is being contested by UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee and BJP supported P A Sangma. Both Mukherjee and Sangma had visited Gujarat to campaign for the presidential elections.

Tamil Nadu MLAs vote in presidential polls

Voting for the presidential election has begun in Tamil Nadu with Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha casting the first ballot, followed by other legislators.

In the poll that began around 10 a.m. at the state secretariat here, 234 legislators would cast their votes to elect India's 13th President.  

According to the Election Commission, 10 Lok Sabha and five Rajya Sabha members have got the permission to cast their votes here.

Polling to elect India's new president proceeded smoothly and briskly in the Andhra Pradesh assembly on Thursday with speaker Nadendla  Manohar the first to cast his vote.

Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarsimha, some of his cabinet colleagues, YSR Congress Party honorary president Y.S. Vijayalakshmi were among those who exercised their franchise at the committee hall in the first hour.

Members of assembly will cast their votes here till 5 p.m. while four members of parliament from have also sought permission to vote in Hyderabad. The ruling Congress party has 155 members in the 294-member assembly.

Defying Telugu Desam Party's diktat, five legislators of the party   also turned up at the assembly to exercise the franchise. The TDP, which has 85 members in the assembly, has decided to abstain from voting. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which has two MPs and 17 MLAs, has decided to abstain and so has the Communist Party of India (CPI).Jailed YSR Congress Party MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and former state minister and Congress legislator Mopidevi Venkatramna will also cast   their vote. They are currently lodged at the Chanchalguda Jail here in the   case relating to Jaganmohan Reddy's disproportionate assets. A special court has permitted both the leaders to vote in the presidential election.

The YSR Congress, which has two MPs and 17 members of assembly, has   already its declared support for United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Pranab Mukherjee.

Against him is former Lok Sabha speaker P.A. Sangma, who is being backed by the BJP, the AIADMK and BJD.

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, which has one MP and seven MLAs, will be voting for Mukherjee. The CPI-M and Lok Satta, which have a legislator each, have also declared support to Mukherjee.

Voting in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir legislators began gathering at the assembly complex much before voting to elect India's 13th president.

The Bharatiya Janata Party's Jugal Kishore was the first to cast his vote after the process began in this summer capital.

The state has 87 elected legislators, all of whom are eligible to vote for the country's president.

The ruling Congress-National Conference alliance in the state is supporting former finance  minister and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Pranab Mukherjee for the post. The opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP), which has 21 legislators in the assembly, has also decided to support Mukherjee.

Voting in Jharkhand

The wheel-chair borne Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda and other MLAs cast their votes in the presidential elections.

The day started with the opposition leader Rajendra Prasad Singh of the Congress exercising his franchise first, followed by his party colleague Sarfaraz Ahmed.

RJD's legislature party leader Annapurna Devi said four of the party MLAs have cast their votes while another of its MLA Sanjay Singh was on his way to the assembly.

Earlier, JMM, Ajsu Party, RJD, Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantric) and Janata Dal (U) have announced to vote for UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee.

BJP, which heads the coalition government in the state, would be the lone NDA ally in the state to vote for P A Sangma.

The lone MLA of the Marxist Coordination Committee Arup Chatterjee said he voted for Mukherjee while the lone CPI (ML-Liberation) member Vinod Kumar Singh said he would abstain.

The value of one MLA in the Jharkhand Assembly is 176 votes, Pandey added.

Polling was underway in the 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly to elect the country's next President.

In Bihar, the prominent NDA ally JD(U) has backed the candidature of UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee, while the BJP is supporting P A Sangma.

Voting in Bihar

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, besides minister from BJP quota Giriraj Singh, and ministers from JD(U) quota Narendra Singh, and Bhim Singh are not eligible to vote as they are members of the state Legislative Council.

JD(U) Rajya Sabha member N K Singh would vote here, JD(U) leader Shravan Kumar said.

Kumar claimed that apart from 117 MLAs from JD(U) three Independents too have decided to vote for Mukherjee.

Kumar said party MLA from Maharajganj Damodr Singh can't be able to cast vote because of his indisposition. Three independent MLAs to support Mukherjee are: Vinay Bihari, Pawan Jaiswal and Some Prakash.

BJP's health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey, who is away in london, will also not be able to cast ballot.

RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui claimed that all 22 party MLAs would cast votes in favour of UPA nominee. State CPI secretary Rajendra Prasad said the lone party MLA would not participate in the voting.

Nagaland MLAs vote in presidential polls
    
All 60 members of the Nagaland Assembly voted in the presidential elections. The ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) which has 41 members, had already announced support for UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee.

Since the opposition is Congress which has the remaining 19 legislators, it is expected that the entire assembly voted for Mukherjee intead of BJP-backed nominee P A Sangma.

Presidential poll: MNS abstains

The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has decided to abstain from voting in the Presidential polls, voting for which began at the Vidhan Bhawan.

The party had not declared its support for either candidate in the run-up to the polls.

Congress in Maharashtra had made efforts to woo the Raj Thackeray-led party to back UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee for the presidential poll.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is understood to have phoned Thackeray, seeking the support of MNS, which has 12 members in the 288-member Legislative Assembly.

During his visit to Mumbai earlier this month, NDA-backed presidential candidate PA Sangma had also sought Raj Thackeray's support.

Polling is being held at the Central Hall, on the fourth floor of Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai.

Jagan cast ballot in Prez poll

YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who is currently in jail, cast his vote in the Presidential election at the Assembly polling station.

Lodged in the Chanchalguda prison here as an undertrial in a disproportionate assets case, Jagan was brought to the Assembly amidst tight security.

Jagan's mother and Pulivendula MLA Y S Vijaya, who was waiting for her son, accompanied him for casting the vote.

Earlier, former minister Mopidevi Venkata Ramana, Jagan's jailmate in Chanchalguda in the same case, was also brought to the Assembly for casting his vote.

Both Jagan and Mopidevi were permitted by the CBI court, trying their case, to vote in the Presidential election.

Mamata cast ballot in Prez poll

Having announcing her party's support for UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee at the last minute, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee cast her ballot in the Presidential election.

The West Bengal Chief Minister displayed the victory sign after exercising her franchise at the state Assembly.

Banerjee, who had opposed the candidature of Mukherjee, announced her party's support for him on July 17, after keeping up the suspense for nearly a month.

Railway Minister Mukul Roy also cast his ballot along with the Trinamool Congress supremo. Leader of the Opposition Suryakanta Mishra, belonging to the CPI(M), also cast his vote.

CPI(M) and Forward Bloc have announced their support for Mukherjee, while two other Left Front constituents - CPI and RSP, have decided to abstain from voting.

Confident of his father's victory, Abhijit said he would hold a family get together in Delhi after July 25.

Presidential polls in Tripura

CPI-M Politburo member and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar was one of the early voters at the Presidential polls in the assembly.

The 60-member Assembly has 49 MLAs belonging to the ruling Left Front, including 46 belonging to the CPI(M).

Two partners of the Left Front, the CPI and RSP have abstained from voting. The CPI has a lone MLA and RSP two MLAs.

The MPs from the state cast their votes in parliament in Delhi. Tripura has 2 Lok Sabha MPs.

The opposition Congress has 10 MLAs and it's electoral partner, the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura one MLA.

The ruling CPI-M, opposition INPT are backing UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee.

227 Assembly members vote for presidential election in MP

As many as 227 out of a total of 228 members of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly cast their votes on Thursday for the presidential election.

Principal Secretary for the state Assembly, Rajkumar Pandey, who is the returning officer for the elections, told reporters that only Nagendra Singh of BJP had not cast his vote.

The state Assembly has a total strength of 230 but the membership of two Congress legislators - Choudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi and Kalpana Parulekar was terminated on Thursday.

Pandey said Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani was the first to cast his vote and was followed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and others.

He said among the Congress members, Imarti Bai was the first to cast the vote.

BJP general secretary Narendra Singh Tomar, who is an MP from Madhya Pradesh, also cast his vote here on Thursdayday, he said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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