In Vice President Election Missing Votes Hit Opposition, Cross- Voting


Sources of BJP said, that about Two dozen of opposition parties MPs has defied their leadership and vote for the NDA’s vice-presidential candidate M Venkaiah Naidu.

Against the pledge support of arounf 495, Mr Naidu secured 516.

Over 68% of valid votes against 32% secured by the former Union Minister of the opposition’s candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who has received 244 votes, as per Mr Gandhis tally the margin between the two contestants at 272 was higher.

Outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari had prevailed over his rivals by 252 and 233 votes in 2012 and 2007 polls, respectively.


Among the opposition whwat should cause the concern, including the Congress party, the Left and the TMC, is that their candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi got only 19 votes more than their presidential nominee Meira Kumar even though 40 more MPs had pledged their support to him.
While Mr Gandhi was supported by 244, Ms Kumar had received votes of 225 MPs. The support of 522 MPs has received by President Ram Nath Kovind.


In Parliament, the BJD which has 28 members, and the JD (U) with 12 MPs has switched over to the camp of opposition after supporting the NDA in the presidential poll.


The NDA's vote count went down by only six, underlining major cross-voting in its favour, despite desertion by 40 MPs.


771 votes were cast out of which 11 were declared invalid, in an electoral college of 785 eligible membes, as per the officials.

Who could not cast their votes among the 14 members for a variety of reasons, four belonged to the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC, two each to the BJP, Congress and the IUML, and one each to the NCP and PMK. One nominated and one Independent member also could not cast their votes.

This was the highest turnout in a vice-presidential election, polling officials said. Before it, the highest number of votes in the poll was 759 in 2002 when BJP candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat had won the election.



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