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714 MPs vote, a record 99 per cent voting reported: Modi first to exercise his right

714 MPs vote, a record 99 per cent voting reported: Modi first to exercise his right

New Delhi, Jul 17 (UNI) A record estimated 99 per cent of polling was recorded in today’s presidential elections held in Parliament premises and state Assemblies across the country, Returning Officer for the polls and Lok Sabha Secretary General Anoop Mishra said here today. He said as many as 714 Members of Parliament from both the Houses exercised their right while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the "first to cast his vote in Parliament premises". "The good turnout of voting of elected representatives has been reported from across the country...This could be highest in recent times but I have to check," Mr Mishra said. He, however, said reports from few states were still awaited. Eyewitness accounts said Prime Minister arrived at the voting enclosures before 1000 hours and waited for a while to proceedings to begin. "We go by rules. The voting had to start sharp by 1000 hours and ....it is true Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first to cast vote in Parliament premises," Mr Mishra said. BJP-led NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind, former Bihar Governor, is pitted against former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, the joint Opposition nominee in today’s elections. The President is chosen by an electoral college comprising all the MPs and MLAs in the country, with weighted votes apportioned. As many as 233 elected members of the Rajya Sabha, 543 members from the Lok Sabha and 4,120 MLAs from the state Assemblies comprise the electors. "Hundred per cent voting have been reported from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Puducherry," he said. More UNI DEVN-NAZ SHK 1928

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20 Apr 2018 | 11:16 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) The Indian Federation for Fashion Development (IFFD) hosted the extremely anticipated 10th season of India Runway Week (IRW) here.

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Mahesh Babu thanks fans across India in unique way

Mahesh Babu thanks fans across India in unique way

20 Apr 2018 | 10:56 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) Superstar Mahesh Babu was left overwhelmed on Friday by his fans loyalty who thronged to theatres to watch first-day first show of ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’.

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Guidelines for playing national anthem under process

20 Apr 2018 | 9:34 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) The Inter-Ministerial Committee constituted to frame the ‘guidelines describing circumstances and occasions on which the national anthem is to be played or sung’ is yet to come up with the recommendation for the Government, a source said in the Home Ministry here on Friday.

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BJP releases third list of 59 candidates for Karnataka polls

BJP releases third list of 59 candidates for Karnataka polls

20 Apr 2018 | 9:05 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) The BJP on Friday released the third list of 59 candidates for the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections.

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