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Voting Closes For Presidential Election, Results On July 20th

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The voting for the 14th President of India has concluded in all the assemblies and Parliament and the results will be announced on July 20th. The leaders had to choose from the two contenders NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and opposition candidate Meira Kumar.

Everyone in the NDA, be it the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi or BJP’s National President Amit Shah came to the Parliament to vote in the Presidential election.

While UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath went to the state assembly to cast his vote for the President along with all his MLAs, Shivpal fueling the Samajwadi feud announced that around 15 MLA’s from the party voted for the BJP candidate.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also went to the assembly to exercise their vote in the Presidential election. Senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader and Agriculture Minister of the state, Damodar Rout said he voted for Kovind as the regional party has extended its support to the NDA candidate.

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Delhi Chief Minister and his party also went to the Parliament to cast their votes. When asked about his vote, the AAP leader gave a tangled response saying that he voted for the one who is all set to become the next President of the country.

However, there was also a huge opposition wave rushing to the voting ballots to cast their votes exercising their democratic right.

While Bihar leaders cast their votes, divided between Nitish’s support to the BJP candidate and Lalu going all out against the central leadership, Mamata Banerjee took the votes just to protest against the ‘atrocities’ of BJP. Mamata said, “We are voting for Meira Kumar because it's a vote against the atrocities of the Bharatiya Janata Party, violence in the name of cow vigilantism, interference in federal structure... It's a vote against injustice.”

Sonia Gandhi along with son Rahul Gandhi also made it to the Parliament in order to cast her vote in the Presidential election.

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On Sunday, Sonia Gandhi had made it abundantly clear that the opposition knows that they know they don’t have the numbers, but, she said that “the battle must be fought and fought hard”. Attacking the NDA-led government, she said that the country cannot be hostage to those "who wish to impose upon it a narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision".

She said, “This election represents a clash of ideas, a conflict of disparate values. The election demands a vote of conscience to preserve the India that the Mahatma and that illustrious generation of freedom fighters, joined by thousands upon thousands of ordinary men and women, fought for”