Presidential election: Cross voting in Punjab, Haryana may upset Meira Kumar's chances

Danny Woods
July 17, 2017

The NCP today rubbished "rumours" that some of its MLAs and MPs may indulge in cross-voting in the presidential election and asserted that the party stands firmly with the UPA candidate Meira Kumar.

MIM's senior leaders are meeting in Hyderabad on Sunday, 16 July, to discuss the issue and take a decision on the Presidential election. The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has directed the local unit to maintain party affiliations and sent AICC observer Siddharth Patel to negotiate between the MLAs and PCC members here.

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Hyderabad: The State government has chose to appeal against the acquittal orders issued in MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi's case. Abdul Kalam, NDA candidate for the 20012 presidential polls, nor the Left's Laksmi Sehgal, and had instead abstained from voting. MIM has distanced with Congress during the last elections and at the same time could not support BJP's Candidate, Ram Nath Kovind who has RSS backing. It, however, did no cast its vote in 2007 as Ms. Pratibha Patil, UPA's Presidential candidate was mired in controversy over her comments on Abaya or traditional wear of Muslim women.

AAP leader and former chief whip of the party in Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that the party has chose to vote in favour of Meira Kumar in the presidential election. TRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is keen on ensuring Kovind's resounding victory from Telangana.

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