Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress national president Sonia Gandhi, senior Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor were among the leaders who voted at Parliament House.
New Delhi: Polling for election to the office of President of India on Monday concluded at the Parliament House and in each of the 30 places of poll in state legislative assemblies including legislative assembly of Delhi and Puducherry.
The fight was between NDA’s candidate Droupadi Murmu and all-united opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress national president Sonia Gandhi, senior Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor were among the leaders who voted at Parliament House. Chief Minister of all states also voted in their respective state assemblies.
PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “Voted in the 2022 Presidential elections.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a tweet said, “Voted in the presidential election in Parliament today. The enthusiasm which is being seen across the country towards Mrs. Draupadi Murmu ji, a symbol of tribal pride and women’s empowerment as a candidate of NDA, shows that her thumping victory in this election for the highest post of the country is sure.
As per Article 54 of the Constitution, the President is elected by the members of an Electoral College consisting of the elected members of both Houses of Parliament and the elected members of the legislative assemblies of all states including Delhi and Puducherry. The Members nominated to either House of Parliament or the legislative assemblies of states, including Delhi and Puducherry are not eligible to be included in the Electoral College.
Under Rule 40 of the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections Rules, 1974, the Election Commission (EC) is required to maintain a list of members of the Electoral College. The list contains the names of elected members of the Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha and the elected members of the legislative assemblies of states, Delhi and Puducherry, in that order. Two members Anant Kumar Singh and Mahendra Hari Dalvi were not eligible to vote in the election owing to disqualification under Section 8 of RP Act. Further, there are five vacancies in Rajya Sabha and six vacancies in state legislative assemblies. Therefore, there were a total of 4796 electors in the list of Electoral College for this Presidential election to participate in the election.