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Game of Thrones at Raisina Hill: Voting begins for Presidential elections

Game of Thrones at Raisina Hill: Voting begins for Presidential elections

There will be three agents each for two candidates - Ram Nath Kovind and S Meira Kumar - and two of them will be inside the polling venue at a time.

The President of India is elected by an Electoral College, which comprises Members of Parliament and Members of Legislative Assemblies.

Based on the number of votes, these crorepati MPs and MLAs are entitled to cast a total of 75 per cent, or 8,18,703 out of 10,91,472 votes analysed are of members who are crorepatis, a report by think-tank Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said on Friday.

Additionally, 3,460 or 71 out of 4,852 MPs and MLAs broke down are multi-tycoons according to their self-sworn oaths submitted to the Election Commission at the season of selection for challenging decisions.

Apart from them 14 Rajya Sabha members, including 12 from the West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress, and 41 Lok Sabha members too have been exempted from casting votes in Parliament by the commission, which conducts the election for the country's highest office.

Besides, rebel AIADMK leader and former Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam, former school education minister, Pandiarajan and Semmalai, Congress legislature party leader KR Ramasamy were among those who cast their vote. The value of one MP's vote is 708 and the value of one UP MLA vote is 208.




The tenure of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee comes to an end on July 24.

The 2017 Presidential Elections are being fought between Ram Nath Kovind and Meira Kumar. The Presidential elections coincide with the first day monsoon session of Parliament.

The authorities have made elaborate arrangements for the election.

There are 16 Lok Sabha members and 10 Rajya Sabha members from Telangana. Lok Sabha Secretary General has been appointed returning officer for the poll.

Kovind, the former Bihar Governor, and Kumar earlier visited Hyderabad to mobilise support for their candidature. Two observers will be in the Parliament while one each would be in the legislative assemblies in each state.

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