Indian Presidential Elections: Lawmakers vote for new prez , result on Sunday

Friday, July 20, 2012
New Delhi: Voting for the presidential election ends on Thursday in Parliament house and state capitals for electing a new President of the country.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh casting his vote
in the Presidential election at Parliament House.
Photo Credit: PIB
The voting, which began at 10 AM, saw majority of BJP legislators polling their votes while only a few Congress legislators arrived to vote.

Indian lawmakers Thursday voted to elect a new president in what is a direct contest between ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Pranab Mukherjee and opposition-backed P.A. Sangma.

Mukherjee, who had served in the UPA government as finance minister before entering the presidential fray, is the hot favourite to win the election.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi accompanied Mukherjee as the leaders cast their ballot one after the other amid camera flashlights.

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi also voted shortly after.

P.A. Sangms is only opponent to Pranab Mukherjee who does not have much support.

Mukherjee has only one opponent who does not have much support.The president is elected by 4,896 lawmakers in state assemblies and the national parliament in Delhi and results will be announced on Sunday.
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