Presidential election: Votes of legislators Simarjit Bains, Parminder Dhindsa cancelled
MLA from Sultanpur Lodhi Navtej Singh Cheema, also party’s polling agent, was the first among the Congress MLAs to cast vote.punjab Updated: Jul 17, 2017 17:06 IST
The votes of Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Parminder Singh Dhindsa and Lok Insaf Party’s Simarjit Singh Bains were cancelled in the polling held to elect the 14th President of India at Punjab Vidhan Sabha here on Monday.
Assistant returning officer (ARO) recommended the cancellation of Bains’ vote as he reportedly showed his unfolded ballot paper to the polling officers. Bains had declared support to NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
The vote of Dhindsa was cancelled after he claimed his pen fell on the ballot paper of the candidate Meira Kumar leaving a spot on it. Dhindsa demanded a new ballot paper. The ARO, however, denied and said there was no provision of a second ballot paper to be given to any voter.
A party spokesperson said all the Punjab 77 Congress MLAs, including chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, cast their votes by 12.15 pm.
MLA from Sultanpur Lodhi Navtej Singh Cheema, also party’s polling agent, was the first among the Congress MLAs to cast vote.
Later, Punjab Vidhan Sabha speaker Rana KP Singh and local government minister Navjot Sidhu, accompanied by MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Pargat Singh exercised their franchise. Faridkot MLA Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon was the last Congress MLA to cast his vote.