Vice-presidential elections today: NDA holds ‘dummy vote’, 16 MPs fail

Vice-Presidential elections today: The NDA MPs made different mistakes: six were “completely wrong”, five had to seek fresh ballot papers, and the remaining five made mistakes which could get their votes declared invalid if the Opposition insisted.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2017 8:12 am
pm modi, amit shah, bjp, vice president election, indian express Addressing the MPs in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah told them “it was embarrassing”, especially because they “represent almost 15-16 lakh people and still make such mistakes.” (Source: PTI Photo/File)

On the eve of the vice-presidential election, the ruling NDA organised a workshop for its MPs on Friday to instruct them on the correct voting procedure. A “dummy vote” was held at the end of the session. At least 16 votes were declared “invalid”.

Addressing the MPs in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah told them “it was embarrassing”, especially because they “represent almost 15-16 lakh people and still make such mistakes.” The MPs made different mistakes: six were “completely wrong”, five had to seek fresh ballot papers, and the remaining five made mistakes which could get their votes declared invalid if the Opposition insisted.

BJP general secretary and party MP Bhupender Yadav then repeated the presentation, and guided them against making such mistakes on Saturday. Shah instructed the MPs not to carry their own pens. “Leave your pens at home,” he told them.

While the NDA has fielded former Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu as its vice-presidential candidate, former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the Opposition candidate. In the presidential election last month, the votes of 21 MPs, including many BJP members, were declared invalid.

At the NDA dinner on Friday, a book titled Tireless Voice, Relentless Journey: Key Speeches of M Venkaiah Naidu was released. Speaking on the occasion, Modi said it was the ruling party’s responsibility to enhance the stature of Parliament. It’s not just about supremacy but also about its stature, he said.

“It is a responsibility as well as a challenge before us to restore the glory of the Upper House. We are fortunate to have the benefit of leadership of Shri Venkaiah Naidu in the House. By marking a vertical line against the name of Shri Naidu in the ballot paper, we resolve to stand by him like a rock for the next five years,” he said.

The NDA has 337 MPs in the Lok Sabha and 80 in the Rajya Sabha. Naidu is expected to get 484 of the total 790 votes — parties like AIADMK, YSRCP and TRS, which have extended their support, together account for 67 MPs.

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    ramesh gupta
    Aug 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    This shows the caliber of the ruling party of this country.GOD SAVE THE COUNTRY
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      Chattur Chamar
      Aug 5, 2017 at 12:12 pm
      iyoon ki baraat hai BJP Aur NDA. Aur pradhan sewak in cutiyoon Ka neta. Jahil to jahil rahega. Muhse bol kar voting karwa lo to bhi yeh galat vote dal denge
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        Chand
        Aug 5, 2017 at 11:13 am
        BJP is full of dummies???? Kudos to Amit ji and Midi ji for conducting this trial vote. They know the caliber of people they have.
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          Editor
          Aug 5, 2017 at 10:50 am
          This report is not there in TOI which is closer to the corrupt Congress than this newspaper.So the veracity of the news is doubtful.
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            Pizza
            Aug 5, 2017 at 11:06 am
            O Teri....Totli Key....Tu Phir....
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              ramesh gupta
              Aug 5, 2017 at 2:32 pm
              very good observation of . Only BJP can have an editor like you. Looks like you are one of those 16 worthy representatives of BJP. Keep it up . You can replace any member of the cabinet
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              Editor
              Aug 5, 2017 at 10:37 am
              This article is written by a duffer Christian who was originally a Bhangi cleaning our toilets so this headlines will have to be checked.
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                Bharat Maa
                Aug 5, 2017 at 10:52 am
                aaaauch! bhakt hurt by the fact that uneducated MPs of BJP can not even vote. God bless you and clean your thoughts.
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                  Editor
                  Aug 5, 2017 at 10:58 am
                  Are you a Christian or a Bhangi?Because all Christians are not Bhangis.There are learned people who hold an independent opinion.
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                  Pizza
                  Aug 5, 2017 at 10:52 am
                  Totli Key....
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                  MLBD2385
                  Aug 5, 2017 at 10:25 am
                  Not surprised at all!! Most of the MPs and MLAs there not because of their academic abilities or understanding. They are in the profession, which was their last unwanted choice. They are there because of our mistakes to vote them, so they in their turn are bound to fail us.
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                    Ashish Biswas
                    Aug 5, 2017 at 10:25 am
                    Should be easy win for NDA.
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                      Pizza
                      Aug 5, 2017 at 10:53 am
                      Chedi Lal...Who cares
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                      TuTuMaiMai
                      Aug 5, 2017 at 10:19 am
                      Mithroon, Bhooth Prathon, Vikaas Hua, Hua, Kabhi Nahin Hoga Jab Tak Feku Ji Hain.
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