Itanagar, July 18: As many as 59 MLAs out of 60 in Arunachal Pradesh exercised their votes till 12 am on Monday to elect the new President of India, Assembly secretary K Habung said.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu and his deputy Chowna Mein were among the early ones to cast votes at Nokmey Namati Hall of the Assembly, Habung stated. BJP lawmaker Lokam Tassar is yet to exercise his franchise.
BJP lawmaker Lokam Tassar is yet to exercise his franchise.
Taking to Twitter, Khandu said, “One of India’s Most Defining Moments. Privileged to cast my vote for 16th Presidential election in State Assembly Premises, today.”
One of India's Most Defining Moments.
Privileged to cast my vote for 16th Presidential election in State Assembly premises, today. pic.twitter.com/wRoVKwhA0S
— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) July 18, 2022
All four Congress MLAs including, former chief minister Nabam Tuki, have also cast their votes. NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu and joint opposition nominee Yashwant Sinha are the two contenders for the office of the President.
In Arunachal Pradesh, the ruling BJP has 48 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly while the opposition Congress and National People’s Party (NPP) have four each, JD (U) has one.
The House also has three Independents as members. The four NPP MLAs and the lone JD (U) member, along with the three Independents, have pledged their support to Murmu.
Arunachal Pradesh has two Lok Sabha MPs – Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju and Tapir Gao – and one the Upper House member Nabam Rebia. Vote value of each MP is 700 across the country. MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh have a vote value of eight each, Habung said.
The BJP presidential candidate is expected to score 2,584 in the state, having secured the backing of NPP, JD(U) and Independents, and Sinha 32, with the support of Congress.