Presidential election: Cross voting in Punjab, Haryana may upset Meira Kumar's chances

Lawrence Kim
July 17, 2017

AAP leader and former chief whip of the party in Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that the party has chose to vote in favour of Meira Kumar in the presidential election.

Voting for presidential election is underway in Punjab and Haryana.

With the odds stacked against her, the Congress-led opposition's presidential candidate Meira Kumar on Sunday urged the members of the electoral college to heed their "voice of conscience" and vote for an ideology that binds India.

He said the party has been with Kumar throughout her candidature process and during the filing of her nomination papers. He alleged that such claims are being made by the NDA fearing cross voting from some of their members. While Ram Nath Kovind is nearly assured of a win, Opposition candidate Meira Kumar may suffer from cross-voting in these two states.

Sources in the NDA camp said Independent MLA Ravi Rana has claimed that about 14 to 15 MLAs from the opposition Congress-NCP led UPA camp are in touch with the BJP-led NDA camp.

Meanwhile, All India Congress Committee (AICC) directed to maintain party affiliations and has sent AICC observer Siddharth Patel to look upon the difference in opinion between the MLAs and PCC members here.

This apart, NCP has four members in the Lok Sabha and Congress has two MPs. The total value of votes of the 248 NDA votes is 69,517, whereas the total value of votes of 104 UPA votes is 26,728.

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