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Pranab Mukherjee elected the new President of India

Mukherjee,UPA nominee,got 5,64,469 vote value,well beyond the half-way mark of 5,25,140.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
July 22, 2012 11:32:40 am

Pranab Mukherjee was today elected the next President trouncing P A Sangma by a huge margin to embark on a new journey capping over four decades of active political innings.

In a virtually one-side election that saw divisions in the opposition NDA,the 76-year-old UPA nominee Mukherjee secured a vote value of 7,13,763,garnering 69.3 per cent of the total 10,29,750 valid votes polled.

Rival P A Sangma,who was backed by BJP and some other opposition parties like AIADMK and BJD,trailed far behind with 3,15,987 vote value in the polling that saw heavy cross-voting against him by BJP MLAs in Karnataka in favour of Mukherjee.

“I declare that Shri Pranab Mukherjee has been duly elected to the office of President of India,” Returning Officer and Rajya Sabha Secretary General V K Agnihotri after more than seven-hours of counting that went on expected lines.

A veteran of politics and art of governance,Mukherjee brings a wealth of experience to the top Constitutional office having held various key positions in the party and government at the Centre.

Troubleshooter for the UPA till recently,Mukherjee will be sworn-in as the 13th President on July 25.

In brief comments after being elected,Mukherjee pledged to “protect,defend and preserve” the Constitution. “I will try to justify in a modest way as I can to be trustworthy.” He said he was overwhelmed by the support he got from people,not limited to the electoral college comprising Mps and MLAs. “I have received much more from the country,its political establishment and Parliament than what I have

given.”

Congratulations poured from all over with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,Congress President Sonia Gandhi,Rahul Gandhi and senior Ministers making a beeline to his 13,Talkatora Road residence to greet him. Vice President Hamid Ansari called him to congratulate.

Sangma,a former Lok Sabha Speaker who split from his party NCP to contest the election,congratulated Mukherjee and wished him success.

However,he alleged that the election was “exceptionally partisan” as the UPA lured states with “packages,inducements and threats.” He did not rule out moving court on the election.

The run up to the election was not without drama with key UPA allies Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party proposing the names of A P J Abdul Kalam,Manmohan Singh and Somnath Chatterjee,sending shock waves in the Congress.

But the whole situation changed after Samajwadi Party ditched Trinamool Congress and BSP joined the chorus of support to Mukherjee. Adding to this,BJP allies JD(U) and Shiv Sena broke ranks from NDA,setting the path of victory for the UPA nominee much before the polling on July 19.

BJP,which adopted Sangma whose name was propped up by AIADMK and BJD keeping in view the 2014 Lok Sabla polls,congratulated Mukherjee.

“Once he becomes the President,he is our President,” said BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Mukherjee,who defeated Sangma by a margin of 3,97,776 vote value,established a clear lead throughout the counting of 4659 votes polled by MPs and MLAs,out of which 4578 were valid.

Out of 748 MPs,who had voted,he secured 527 votes with a value of 3,73,116 against 206 for Sangma which has a value of 1,45,848.

Fifteen votes were invalid,besides that of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav which was declared as cancelled. Of the invalid votes,nine were to be in favour of Mukherjee while six for Sangma.

In the states too,Mukherjee established a clear lead except in BJP-ruled states. But the ruling BJP suffered a humiliation in Karnataka when Mukherjee got 117 votes against BJP’s 103 in the 224-member Assembly. In Kerala it was a clean sweep for Mukherjee as won all the 124 votes polled while one was invalid. Sangma drew a blank. CPI and RSP members abstained from voting which has a 140 member Assembly.

In Andhra Pradesh,which has a 294-member Assembly,Mukherjee got the support of 182 MLAs including that of Congress and YSR Congress while Sangma got the backing of three. Five were invalid.

In terms of vote value,Mukherjee got 26936 while Sangma 444. A total of 190 MLAs voted because TDP and TRS abstained. Each MLA in Andhra Pradesh has a vote value of 148. Mukherjee kept up his lead even in Arunachal Pradesh,where he got 54 of the 59 votes polled. The vote value corresponded to 432 for Mukherjee,while it was 16 for Sangma. Three votes were invalid.

In the 126-member Assam Assembly,Mukherjee got 110 votes while Sangma got 13. Two votes were invalid while one did not vote. In terms of vote value,Mukherjee got 12,760 while Sangma got 1,508.

In Bihar too,where the ruling JD(U) has declared support for Mukherjee,the UPA candidate got 146 out of the 240 votes polled in the 243 member Assembly. Sangma got 90,mostly from BJP,which shares power with JD(U). Mukherjee’s vote value in in the state was 25,258 while for Sangma it was 15,570. Three votes were invalid while one did not not vote.

In the 90-member Assembly Chhattisgarh which is ruled by BJP,39 votes went to Mukherjee while Sangma got 50. One vote was invalid. In terms of vote value,Mukherjee got 5,031 while Sangma got 6,450.

Mukherjee got 59 votes and Sangma 123 votes in 182-member Gujarat Assembly where BJP has the majority. In terms of vote value,Mukherjee got 8673 while Sangma got 18,081.

In 81-member Jharkhand Assembly,Mukherjee got 60 votes while Sangma won 20. Mukherjee’s vote value is 10560 while Sangma’s stands at 3520.

Pranab thanks people for electing him President

Pranab Mukherjee today thanked people for electing him as the President and assured the nation that he would make earnest efforts to preserve and protect the Constitution.

“I would like to thank people of this great country for confering this distinction by electing me to the high office,” he said after the election results came in.

“Now they have entrusted me with the responsibility to protect,to defend and to preserve the Constitution as President of the Republic. I will try to justify,in a modest way as I can,to be trustworthy to the people”,he said. A visibly moved Mukherjee said he had received much more from the people,from the political establishment,from Parliament,from all sections of the people with whom he had come across in his five decades of public life.

“I received much more than I have given them,” he said. Noting that he had the privilege of visiting almost all state capitals in the last one month,he said he got overwhelming support and affection despite his introduction was limited to the members of the electoral collegium. Mukherjee also utilised the opportunity to thank his rival P A Sangma who had congratulated him for the victory.

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