Gujarat Congress clueless about identity of MLAs who cross-voted

Times of India | 3 weeks ago | 23-07-2022 | 07:40 am

Gujarat Congress clueless about identity of MLAs who cross-voted

GANDHINAGAR: The state unit of the Congress party is still clueless about the identity of its seven MLAs who cross-voted in favour of NDA nominee Droupadi Murmu in the presidential election. State Congress chief Jagdish Thakor said no disciplinary action is being contemplated against the MLAs who cross-voted and their identity too has not been established by the party yet. "No action is being taken as of now. It is clear that the MLAs who cross-voted, will shift allegiance to the BJP sooner or later," he said. Thakor said that conducting an exercise to identify the seven MLAs who cross-voted will amount to doubting the loyalty of all the MLAs. "In case of Rajya Sabha election, the MLAs have to show their vote to the observer before placing it in the ballot box. In the presidential election, it is a secret ballot," he said. When votes were counted on Thursday, 57 MLAs voted in favour of opposition-supported presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha despite the Congress having 63 MLAs in the house and the support of the lone Independent MLA. On the other hand, Droupadi Murmu, the NDA nominated candidate got 121 votes although the BJP has 111 MLAs in the assembly. This implied that Murmu received 10 more votes, while Yashwant Sinha got seven votes less than expected.

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