Presidential election: Manmohan Singh arrives in wheelchair to cast vote | Video

Updated on Jul 18, 2022 01:45 PM IST

Presidential Elections 2022: Voting for the presidential election in which NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu is pitted against joint Opposition pick Yashwant Sinha began earlier in the day with Modi being the first to cast his vote.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh casts his vote for the Presidential election at Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh casts his vote for the Presidential election at Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
By, New Delhi

The pictures and videos of former prime minister and Congress MP Manmohan Singh reaching Parliament in a wheelchair to cast his vote for the presidential election 2022 on Monday are being widely shared on social media.

Singh, 89, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were reportedly among 350 electors to cast their vote in the first 1.5 hours of the presidential poll.

When Singh reached the ballot box, he was helped by four officials to get up from his wheelchair and cast his vote.

Notably, Singh had taken a leave of absence for the entire Winter Session of Parliament last year on health grounds. The veteran Congress leader and two-time former prime minister was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi on October 13 last year after he complained of weakness following a fever. He was discharged from the hospital on October 31.

Voting for the presidential election in which NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu is pitted against joint Opposition pick Yashwant Sinha began earlier in the day with Modi being the first to cast his vote. The voting process would conclude at 5 pm.

Voting was also underway in various state assemblies for the presidential poll and the early voters in the states included Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin, Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde, deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis and Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.

Nearly 4,800 elected MPs and MLAs are entitled to vote in the election, but nominated MPs and MLAs, and members of Legislative Councils are not.

Besides Room number 63 on the first floor of Parliament House, which has been converted into a polling station, voting is simultaneously taking place at various state assemblies.

The counting of votes will be held on July 21.

(With inputs from agencies)

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