Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said MLAs should listen to their conscience while casting votes in the Presidential poll, which is underway in the Delhi Assembly, state Assemblies and Parliament. Mr Kejriwal, who reached the Assembly holding an umbrella due to rain, exercised his right in room number 35 of the Delhi Assembly, where voting is taking place to elect the next President.
"MLAs should use their conscience in casting votes. In Democracy, one who has the number wins. We are supporting Meira Kumar (Opposition's candidate)," he told reporters after casting his vote.Mr Kejriwal, his Cabinet Colleague Manish Sisodia, Leader of the Opposition Vijendra Gupta and rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra were among the early voters. In first two hours, 15 out of 69 MLAs, exercised their right.Addressing reporters, Mr Sisodia said, "Who wins the Presidential election, this is not a question, it is important that the country wins." Rebel AAP MLA Kapil Mishra, who was among the early voters, said, "my vote went to the one (candidate) who is all set to become the next President." After casting his vote, BJP MLA Om Prakash Sharma expressed hope that NDA's Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind will win with a huge margin. Claiming that at least 10-12 AAP MLAs are not happy with Arvind Kejriwal, Mr Sharma hoped that they would vote for Mr Kovind. In a tweet later, Mr Gupta said,''I voted for Mr Ram Nath Kovind ji in Presidential poll in DLA. It was proud moment to serve as a polling agent for the winning candidate.''The ruling Aam Aadmi Party declared its support for the Opposition's candidate, Meira Kumar in the election.Seventeen Opposition parties have fielded Ms Kumar as their joint candidate in the Presidential election against NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind. Both of them are Dalits.As many as 32 polling stations including one in Parliament and 31 in State Assemblies have been created for the polling which began at 1000 hrs and will continue till 1700 hrs.UNI DS RSA SNU 1624
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