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Vice-Presidential Election 2017 LIVE Updates: Polling underway; PM Narendra Modi casts his vote in closed ballot

5 August, 2017 6:08 AM
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Vice-Presidential Election 2017 LIVE Updates: Polling underway; PM Narendra Modi casts his vote in closed ballot

Vice Presidential election 2017: Members of Parliament on Saturday morning started casting their votes to elect India's next Vice-President. Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi was amongst the first few members who were reportedly standing in que before the voting started.

Vice Presidential election 2017: Members of Parliament on Saturday morning started casting their votes to elect India’s next Vice-President. Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi was amongst the first few members who were reportedly standing in que before the voting started. The voting began at 10 am Saturday and will go on till 5 pm in the evening. The results are likely to be announced by 7 pm. Several other MPs from both factions including Rahul Gandhi, Manohar Parrikar, Yogi Adityanath, Prakash Javadekar and others have already cast their votes and the voting is underway. The NDA has fielded former Union minister Venkaiah Naidu against opposition’s pick Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who is the also the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. In terms of numbers, Naidu appears to have an edge over Gandhi, but we will have to wait for the final result. MP Modi on Friday almost predicted Naidu’s win while addressing MPs supporting Naidu. Modi noted that top posts like those of president and vice president will be held for the next five years by people from a identical ideology, a reference to their BJP background.

Naidu on Friday sought support from all parliamentarians. “I would like to assure that on being elected as the vice-president, it shall be my endeavour to defend and uphold the ideals that propelled the freedom struggle, the spirit and the principles of the Constitution of India, including justice, liberty, equality and fraternity and the cherished values of national unity and integration,” Naidu in a letter to MPs.

11: 50 AM: Taking to Twitter Shehzad Poonawalla‏, Maharashtra Congress leader expressed his take on the Vice Presidential election. He wrote: “Real shame that after the #VicePresidentialElection we may well have RSS occupying all three important constitutional posts in India.”

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11:45 AM: Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh took to Twitter and sought a fair voting to elect the next Vice President of India. He wrote: I request the honourable members to vote in support of country, not their respective parties.

11: 25 AM: Madhya Pradesh MP Shivraj Singh Chauhan took to Twitter to extend his best wishes to NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu. He wrote: “My best wishes to Shri @MVenkaiahNaidu Ji for the #VicePresidentialElection.”

11:20 AM: Here’s an overall bio of NDA vice presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu.

11: 15 AM: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has cast his vote, reported Indian Express.

11:10 AM: Soon after casting his vote, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath took to Twitter and extended his good wishes for the NDA cadidate. He said congratulations to Venkaiah Naidu for Vice Presidential election and I believe that you will gain huge support emerge as winner.

11: 05 AM: Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal‏ took to Twitter and showered her best wishes to NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu. She wrote: “Wishing success to @MVenkaiahNaidu ji for the #VicePresidentialElection today.”

11:00 AM: Further while speaking to ANI, Parrikar said, “I think we will miss him (Venkaiah Naidu) in one place, but you will see more in action in another place.”

10: 55 AM: Ahead of his turn to cast vote for the Vice Presidential election, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar met his colleagues and shared about the same on Twitter. He wrote: “In Delhi, to cast my vote for #VicePresidentialElection. Happy to meet colleagues.”

10: 50 AM: Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan is on his way to cast his vote for the Vice Presidential election, he informed on Twitter.

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10: 45 AM: Looking at the number game in the 245-member Rajya Sabha, the BJP has 58 members, making it the single-largest party, while the Congress has 57.

10: 40 AM: Even the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar along with Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who has not vacated his Rajya Sabha seat yet have also cast their votes.

10: 36 AM: According to Indian Express, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu have cast their votes.

10: 30 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with several other MPs have cast their votes, reported ANI. Voting underway.

10: 25 AM: MPs will use special pens for marking their choice in the election and as per the Election Commission of India, counting of votes will start once the polling ends and the results will be declared by 7.00 pm.

10: 20 AM: Can’t call it one sided as there were two candidates, Meiraji got a lot of votes but only one emerges as winner: Gopalkrishna Gandhi added further.

10: 15 AM: “It is a fight based on constitutional principles, where I maintained complete civility and same has been done from other side too,” Gopalkrishna Gandhi added further.

10:10 AM: Speaking to ANI, Opposition VP candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi said, “NDA’s candidate is an experienced person, no competition as such between us. There is only a technical competition.”

10:00 AM: Voting for the much-awaited Vice Presidential election begins. NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu reached Parliament to cast vote.

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9:55 AM: “I have written a polite letter to everybody, response is very good.Confident that they all will support me,” the NDA candidate added.

9:50 AM: “I am a non-party man. Majority of parties in India are supporting my candidature, confident that they all will vote in election,” Naidu said.

9:46 AM: “I am a non-party man. Majority of parties in India are supporting my candidature, confident that they all will vote in election,” Venkaiah Naidu added.

9:43 AM: Speaking to the reporters ahead of the polls, Venkaiah Naidu said voting is yet to take place and he will cast his vote soon, reported ANI. “Voting yet to take place, I am going to cast my vote,” Naidu said.

9:35 AM: Ahead of the poll, Gopal Krishna Gandhi said nothing is one sided about the poll, reported News X.

9:32 AM: It was learnt that the political parties won’t be able to issue any whip as the voting will be done through the secret ballot.

9:25 AM: The vice presidential election will not be a usual one as the MPs will be using special pens for marking their choice in the election.

9:20 AM: “A number of political parties and individuals having proposed my name for election as the country’s vice president, I am standing for that high office. I seek your consideration of my suitability for it,” he said.

9:15 AM: Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, used a simple means of campaign–a postcard–for an appeal to the Members of Parliament. He said that his resolve will be to serve people without fear or favour and that the Constitution will be his master and guide.

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9:05 am: 790 MPs would be casting their vote for the 15th Vice President of India.

9:00 am: To win the Vice Presidential Elections, candidates need 395 votes.

8:50 am: Ahead of the polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that having President and Vice-President from the same party is significant. “This is the first time that such an opportunity has arisen since Independence. There is strong possibility that we will be able to give a lot to the country in the next five years,” he said while addressing MPs of the NDA and other parties backing the ruling bloc’s vice presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu.

8:40 am: Drawing a parallel between 1942-47 and 2017-22 elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the eve of Vice Presidential elections had voiced hope that the next five years will witness a transformation in the country.

8:30 am: NDA Vice Presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu met MPs from all parties Telugu states, Andhra Pradesh and Teleangana at his residence on August 3rd, ahead of Vice Presidential Elections.

8:20 am: The nominated Members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha are also eligible to participate in the Vice Presidential Elections.

8:10 am: The counting of votes will start once the polling ends. The results would be declared by 7:00 pm.

8:00 am: NDA candidate Venkaiah Naidu or Opposition nominee Gopal Krishna Gandhi whoever garners 50% votes and one vote of the total valid votes cast will be declared the winner.

7:45 am: The term of incumbent Hamid Ansari, who has held the post of Vice President for two consecutive terms, will come to an end on August 10. The voting to choose India’s next Vice President will begin at 10 am in Parliament.

7:35 am: Members of Electoral College consisting of Members of the both Houses of Parliament including, the nominated members of Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will cast their vote to choose the next vice president of India today.

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Source: financialexpress.com

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