It’s just formality, Kovind is next Prez: Assam CM

| | Guwahati

Altogether 124 MLAs and  three MPs have cast their vote in Assam on Monday to elect the 14th President of India. While 124 MLAs cast their votes here at the Central Hall of Assam Legislative Assembly, two other MLAs including former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Kamal Shing Narzary have stated to have cast their votes in New Delhi.

The three Lok Sabha members, who have cast their votes here, are Badruddin Ajmal, Sirajuddin Ajmal and Radheshyam Biswas. The polling began at 10 am and ended at 5 pm.

“It is only a formality now. People of the country knows that NDA’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind is going to be the country’s next President. I am very happy that the country is going to get such an honest and dedicated person as the next President,” said Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while casting his vote today.

Principal Secretary to the Assam Legislative Assembly, Mrigendra Kumar Deka said that the ballot box have been sealed after the poll is over and kept in the strong room. The same will be sent to New Delhi on Tuesday.

The BJP led ruling alliance in Assam, including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) are likely to support Kovind while the Opposition Congress and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) led by Moulana Badaruddin Ajmal are likely to support Meira Kumar. Principal Secretary to the Assam Legislative Assembly, Mrigendra Kumar Deka earlier said that the vote value for one MLA in Assam is 116, the vote value for each MP is 706.

While the BJP has 61 legislators in Assam Assembly, its allies AGP and BPF has 14 and 12 legislators. While the Congress has 26 legislators, the AIUDF has 13 numbers of legislators in the house. 



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