Presidential Elections 2017: Voting ends; all eyes on counting day July 20

A total of 32 polling stations - one in Parliament House and one each in state legislative Assemblies - have been set up.

Leader of Opposition and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy led his party MLAs in the polling process. Significantly, Legislators in UP, West Bengal and Bihar showed keen enthusiasm in choosing the next President. The BJP is confident that a majority of the independent MLAs will support its candidate, Ram Nath Kovind. "Kovind ji will win (the election) with a respectable and comfortable margin", Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters ahead of the polling.

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The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday said that the Presidential election is a fight between two different ideologies, and not between two persons.

"This is possibly the highest voter turnout". Mr Mishra said, overall polling per centage was almost 99 per cent. Adityanath has already cast his vote in the UP Assembly. The vote weight of a member of a State Assembly is calculated keeping in mind the population of the state he or she represents. An official said that MPs and MLAs will not be allowed to carry their personal pens inside the voting hall. Fifty-four MPs had sought permissions to cast their vote in State capitals. The ruling NDA (BJP, SHS, TDP, LJSP, SAD, RLSP, AD, GFP, MGP, AINRC, JKPDP, NPF, NPP, PMK, SDF, SWP) has 237,888 in Lok Sabha and 49,560 votes in Rajya Sabha and in state assemblies it has 239,923 votes in its kitty. "9-10 states have witnessed 100 percent voting and overall 98 percent-99 percent", Anoop Mishra, Returning Officer of Presidential election, said.

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The Tripura Assembly has 60 MLAs of which 51 are from the ruling Left Front, six from Trinamool Congress and three from Congress. The counting of votes is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on July 20.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah who is also a legislator from Gujarat cast their vote. While two observers will be present in the Parliament House, one each will be deployed in the respective state assemblies.

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The polling for presidential polls began at 10am on Monday and will go on till 5pm.

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