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Monday, July 17, 2017 | 10:51 IST
Polling to elect 14th President of India began at 10 a.m. in the morning. BJP's Ram Nath Kovind is contesting against Opposition's Meira Kumar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have cast their votes in Parliament in the ongoing Presidential election.
13:35 pm: Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav votes for BJP's Presidential poll nominee Ram Nath Kovind, son Akhilesh Yadav votes for Meira Kumar
12:40 pm: BJP is expected to pick a south Indian face as its vice-presidential nominee in the party's Parliamentary Board meeting to be held in New Delhi today. Top sources in the BJP have told India Today that Union Urban Development Minister and former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu figures among the contenders for the August 5 election.
12:14 pm: Massive rift in Opposition as NCP defies Opposition ranks, backs Ram Nath Kovind
11:50 am: "Seems NDA presidential candidate will come through. Happy that vast majority of votes from West Bengal will go to Meira Kumar," said former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
11:45 am: "People have given mandate for NDA in 2014 and now our victory in the presidential election is almost certain," said Minister of State Kiren Rijiju
11:40 am: Suspended Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLA Asish Saha said that six MLAs of the party in Tripura would vote for the BJP's presidential candidate and not Meira Kumar.
11:30 am: This is the first time that Dalit candidates have been chosen by both the ruling party and the Opposition in the presidential election, said Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati. "This is because of the contribution by Ambedkar, Kanshiram and BSP," she said.
11:25 am: NCP hints at backing Ram Nath Kovind. Congress left out of Opposition meeting. NCP, DMK, JD(U) and SP leaders meet reports
Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow after giving obituary to former members and victims of #AmarnathTerrorAttack
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrives at MP Assembly to cast his vote for Presidential Poll 2017
- ANI (@ANI_news) July 17, 2017Lucknow: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrives at UP Assembly to casts his vote
11:05 am: Madam ji(Sonia Gandhi)you elected Gopalkrishna Gandhi as VP candidate, he used all his power to save Yakub Memon from death penalty: S. Raut
10:45 am: Presidential Poll 2017 ke liye matdaan prarambh ho gaya hai, koi sandeh nahi ki RamNathKovind jeetenge, says UP CM Yogi Adityanath
10:25 am: Jailed MLAs Chhagan Bhujbal and Ramesh Kadam will be brought to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly from prison for voting
10:20 am: MLAs have queued up at Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly to cast their votes for Presidential election.
10:01 am: A total of 32 polling stations are operational - one in Parliament House's Room No 62 and one each in state legislative assemblies.
10:00 am: Polling for Presidential election began at 10 a.m., the voting will continue till 5 pm.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday said the presidential election demands a "vote of conscience" as it represents a clash of ideas and conflict of disparate values.
She also described the electoral contest as the opposition's fight against a "narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision" while addressing a gathering of opposition parties here where its presidential and vice presidential nominees, Meira Kumar and Gopal Krishna Gandhi respectively, were formally introduced.
"We must have confidence in the values we believe in. This election represents a clash of ideas, a conflict of disparate values. The election demands a vote of conscience to preserve the India that the Mahatma and the illustrious generation of freedom fighters, joined by thousands upon the numbers of ordinary men and women, fought for," she said.
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