Presidential V-P Elections Highlights: The opposition’s pick for the Vice-Presidential polls, Margaret Alva filed her nomination at the Parliament House on Tuesday in the presence of Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury and Sharad Pawar, among others. “The coming together of the opposition to support my candidature for the post of Vice President of India, is a metaphor of the reality that is India. We come from various corners of this great country, speak different languages, and follow different religions and customs,” Alva stated in a press release.
Meanwhile, the polling in the Presidential elections ended on Monday with over 99 per cent of the total 4,796 electors casting their votes at the Parliament House and the state legislative assemblies. As many as 10 states and the Union Territory of Puducherry recorded a 100 per cent turnout.
By the time voting concluded, there were enough indications that NDA nominee Droupadi Murmu was set for an emphatic win against Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha. Sources said eight MPs did not vote — Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dhotre (BJP); Syed Imtiaz Jaleel (AIMIM); Gajanan Kirtikar (Shiv Sena); Mohammad Sadique (Congress); T R Paarivendhar (DMK); Haji Fazlur Rehman and Atul Kumar Singh (BSP). Instances of cross-voting, mostly in favour of Murmu, were reported from many states including her home state Odisha and Jharkhand.