Polling for Presidential election begins in West Bengal Assembly

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The Election Commission has permitted 14 Rajya Sabha and 41 Lok Sabha members to vote in the Assemblies for the presidential election, while five MLAs will vote in Parliament on Monday.

As indicated by the report, 184 (33%) out of 543 Lok Sabha MPs, 44 (19%) out of 231 Rajya Sabha MPs and 1,353 (33%) out of 4,078 MLAs over all states and union domains, have pronounced criminal cases of evidence against themselves in their affirmations in the latest races. The value of one MP's vote is 708 and the value of one UP MLA vote is 208. The election is hinting towards an unusual political unity in West Bengal with Legislators from all the major parties of the state, including Trinamool Congress (TMC), Congress and the Left, being expected to vote for Ms Meira Kumar.

Among them, a total of 993 members have serious criminal cases against them.

The meetings have been convened to educate MLAs on casting their votes in the elections. The total value of the electoral college is 10,98,903. For example, Uttar Pradesh legislators have the highest vote value while MLAs from Sikkim and Manipur have a low vote value. Kovind has the support of ruling BJP's alliance NDA and seven other smaller parties. The minimum number required to elect the president is 5,49,442.

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"Earlier also, the members had exercised their conscience during the presidential contest between Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and V V Giri", she told the Congress lawmakers.

As voting to elect India's next president got underway today, the BJP exuded confidence that its candidate Ram Nath Kovind would win with a "comfortable" margin while the opposition CPI (M) asked the electoral college to vote thoughtfully and uphold the Constitution. He joined BJP in the year 1991 and served as National Spokesperson of BJP.

Votes of 12 MLAs from the Congress and its allies were declared invalid in September 2016 because they had marked their preferences with a pen other than the one officially supplied by the poll staff.

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