“The President in order to express his neutrality in the political fray has decided not to cast his ballot," President's Press Secretary Venu Rajamony said in New Delhi.
Mukherjee, had asked for a postal ballot to caste his vote for South Kolkata Lok Sabha seat which goes to polls on May 12.
He is a registered voter in 160 Rashbehari, part of South Kolkata parliamentary seat. The decision was taken for maintaining the tradition asmost of his predecessors had done the same, Rajamony said. But former president APJ Abdul Kalam was an exception.
South Kolkata will see a multi-cornered contest with Congress fielding Mala Roy and BJP nominating state President Tathagata Roy. Trinamool Congress has fielded sitting MP Subrata Bakshi whereas CPI-M's candidate is professor Nandini Mukherjee.