Ram Nath Kovind to be next president: Manohar Parrikar takes dig at Congress over cross-voting

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulated Kovind on being elected the 14th President of India, while also taking a dig at the Congress for not being able to shepherd its flock.

PTI July 20, 2017 22:28:05 IST
Ram Nath Kovind to be next president: Manohar Parrikar takes dig at Congress over cross-voting

Panaji: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulated Kovind on being elected the 14th President of India, while also taking a dig at the Congress for not being able to shepherd its flock. As many as four elected representatives of the Congress party may have cross-voted in favour of NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, who eventually won the election with a handsome margin.

Ram Nath Kovind to be next president Manohar Parrikar takes dig at Congress over crossvoting

File image of Manohar Parrikar. PTI

"I am very happy that NDA's presidential candidate has been elected with huge margin, much more than what even the media expected. I take this opportunity to congratulate him for his success and I am very sure that under his guidance, India will progress extremely well," the former defence minister told reporters at the state secretariat.

"Presidential election is about voting from the heart. This time we had given such a call. The Congress had also done the same thing, so they too must have voted from the heart," Parrikar said, adding that one vote from the NDA camp had been invalidated due to "some technical reason".

Kovind polled 500 votes as compared to 220 polled by Meira Kumar in Goa, with the former garnering 69.4 percent of the votes. One vote each from both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was invalidated due to technical issues.

The Congress has conceded that four votes from its kitty had gone in Kovind's favour.

"It appears that there was cross-voting. This should not have happened. It is wrong. We will take precautions in the future (upcoming Rajya Sabha election) that such a thing does not happen," Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said.

 

Updated Date:

also read

UPSC NDA-1 & NA-1 results announced: Check steps to download scores here
India

UPSC NDA-1 & NA-1 results announced: Check steps to download scores here

UPSC has issued a list of roll numbers of the candidates who have qualified to appear for the interview round.

Parliamentary Committee to hold meeting on Mediation Bill 2021 consideration
India

Parliamentary Committee to hold meeting on Mediation Bill 2021 consideration

In December 2021, the Centre introduced the 'Mediation Bill, 2021' in Rajya Sabha for its further consideration into Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice

Karnataka chief Basavaraj Bommai to decide on attending World Economic Forum's annual meet
India

Karnataka chief Basavaraj Bommai to decide on attending World Economic Forum's annual meet

Bommai said he will have to decide on the days and schedule considering the upcoming Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council polls, also the possibility of local body polls being announced