Highlights: Polling for Presidential election ends; Opposition shift focus to Vice President's post

Updated on Jul 18, 2022 09:43 PM IST

The opposition has now shifted its focus to the elections for the vice-president's post, in which senior Congress leader and former Union minister Margaret Alva will face NDA's pick - former West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar.

Vice president candidates Margaret Alva and Jagdeep Dhankar in file pic.
Vice president candidates Margaret Alva and Jagdeep Dhankar in file pic.

The Election Commission Monday said over 99 per cent of the total 4,796 electors cast their votes in presidential poll, while 10 states and the Union Territory of Puducherry recorded a turnout of 100 per cent.

The election was concluded successfully in a free, fair and transparent manner at the Parliament House and at 30 centres within State Legislative Assemblies across the country including in Delhi and Puducherry, the poll panel said in a statement.

As per the experts, the numbers seem to be stacked in favour of the NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu, who contested the election against opposition's nominee Yashwant Sinha. Murmu received support from unlikely quarters with parties like Shiv Sena, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha extending their support recently. She had already received support from Biju Janata Dal and YSR Congress Party. 

The opposition has now shifted its focus to the elections for the vice-president's post, in which senior Congress leader and former Union minister Margaret Alva will face NDA's pick - former West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar.

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  • Jul 18, 2022 09:43 PM IST

    Presidential polls: 100% voting in these states

    A 100 per cent voting by MLAs was reported from Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

  • Jul 18, 2022 08:30 PM IST

    Prez polls: Turmoil in Odisha Congress after party MLA votes for Droupadi Murmu

    Odisha Congress on Monday witnessed unease and turmoil after a party MLA from Cuttack-Barabati Mohammed Moquim voted for NDA's candidate Droupadi Murmu in the Presidential election.

  • Jul 18, 2022 08:12 PM IST

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  • Jul 18, 2022 07:43 PM IST

    18 parties are supporting Margret Alva: Congress LoP in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge

    “She is a deserving candidate and an experienced leader who has worked in different capacities. We are supporting her unitedly. 18 parties are supporting her,” says Congress LoP in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Opposition Vice-President candidate Margaret Alva.

  • Jul 18, 2022 07:27 PM IST

    ‘the issue is fighting the battle,’ says Opposition Vice-President candidate Margaret Alva

    I know it's a difficult battle, but in politics, winning and losing is not the issue, the issue is fighting the battle...I thank all the leaders for the trust they have reposed in me: Opposition Vice-President candidate Margaret Alva

  • Jul 18, 2022 07:01 PM IST

    11 states report 100 per cent voting in the presidential polls

    While the total turnout stood at 99.18 per cent, 11 states reported 100 per cent voting in the presidential poll.

  • Jul 18, 2022 06:57 PM IST

    Nirmala Sitharaman voted for the Presidential polls in PPE kit

    Source: ANI
    Source: ANI

    Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman voted for the Presidential polls in PPE kits as she is suffering from Covid, ANI reported.

  • Jul 18, 2022 06:53 PM IST

    Shiromani Akali Dal MLA announced to boycott the poll earlier today

    Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislator from Dakha constituency in Punjab Manpreet Singh Ayali boycotted the Presidential poll and blamed the BJP-led Centre as well as the previous Congress-led government in the state for "failing to resolve" issues related to Punjab.

    With this announcement, Ayali went against his own party, which supports NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu.

  • Jul 18, 2022 06:29 PM IST

    Vice-Presidential polls: Margaret Alva arrives at NCP chief's residence

    Opposition's Vice-Presidential candidate Margaret Alva arrives at NCP chief Sharad Pawar Residence for an Opposition meeting. 

  • Jul 18, 2022 06:27 PM IST

    NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu is set to win the polls: Report

    Going by the stand taken by various parties, NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu is set to win the poll against joint Opposition nominee Yashwant Sinha, says news agency PTI.

  • Jul 18, 2022 05:54 PM IST

    Murmu’s victory will be marked by several firsts if she wins

    Droupadi Murmu’s victory will be marked by several firsts if she emerges winner in the polls. 

    > She will be the first President born in Independent India. 

    > At 64, Murmu will also be the youngest occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

    > She will also the first tribal leader to hold the country’s top office, 

    > India will also get its second woman President in Murmu.

  • Jul 18, 2022 05:41 PM IST

    Ballot boxes to reach Delhi via road and air: officials

    Ballot boxes to reach Delhi via road and air; assistant returning officers will accompany them: Returning Officer for presidential poll PC Mody told news agency PTI.

  • Jul 18, 2022 05:35 PM IST

    Results of elections for the President of India will be out on Thursday

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  • Jul 18, 2022 05:30 PM IST

    Total turnout at Parliament 99.18%, says EC

    Presidential poll conducted peacefully, cordially everywhere; total turnout at Parliament 99.18 pc: Chief Returning Officer PC Mody.

  • Jul 18, 2022 05:25 PM IST

    Polling for Presidential Elections 2022 ends

    The voting for polling Presidential Elections 2022 has now ended.

  • Jul 18, 2022 05:18 PM IST

    Former Deputy CM of Tamil Nadu casts his vote in PPE kit as he is Covid +ve

    Former Deputy CM of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam. (ANI)
    Former Deputy CM of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam. (ANI)

    Former Deputy CM of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam casts his vote for the Presidential polls in PPE kit as he is suffering from Covid-19.

  • Jul 18, 2022 04:52 PM IST

    Another Opposition meeting to be held today at 6pm to discuss VP polls: Report

    Another Opposition meeting to be held today at 6pm, at the residence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Vice-Presidential polls to be discussed in the meeting. Opposition's Vice-Presidential candidate Margaret Alva to also attend the meeting: Sources

  • Jul 18, 2022 04:25 PM IST

    BJP MP Dharmendra Pradhan casts his vote

    Delhi | Union Minister & BJP MP Dharmendra Pradhan casts his vote in the Parliament for the Presidential polls.

  • Jul 18, 2022 04:10 PM IST

    Presidential Polls 2022: Voting to end at 5pm today

    The voting for presidential elections is currently underway in Parliament House and legislative assemblies. The polling began at 10am and will stop at 5pm.

  • Jul 18, 2022 03:59 PM IST

    Mamata Banerjee arrives at the State Assembly in Kolkata to cast her vote

    Source: ANI
    Source: ANI

    West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee arrives at the State Assembly in Kolkata to cast her vote for the Presidential Elections. The TMC supremo led the call for joint opposition candidate for presidential polls - which was later announced to be Yashwant Sinha.

  • Jul 18, 2022 03:46 PM IST

    Congress MP Rahul Gandhi casts his vote

    Delhi | Congress MP Rahul Gandhi reaches the Parliament, casts his vote for the Presidential polls.

  • Jul 18, 2022 03:33 PM IST

    Cong's Sonia Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor, Kharge cast their vote in Delhi

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and MPs Shashi Tharoor and Mallikarjun Kharge cast their votes for the Presidential polls in Delhi.

  • Jul 18, 2022 03:32 PM IST

    No party can issue a whip with regard to voting in Prez polls

    Political parties cannot issue whip to their MPs and MLAs with regard to voting for the Presidential elections. A whip is a method of ensuring that members of the party vote according to the party platform, rather than according to their own individual ideology.

  • Jul 18, 2022 03:22 PM IST

    Uttar Pradesh a key factor in Presidential polls. Here's why

    The counting will take place in Delhi on July 21, he said. With the highest vote value of 208 for each of its 403 MLAs, Uttar Pradesh will be an important state to watch out for in the presidential election.

  • Jul 18, 2022 03:19 PM IST

    MPs Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir cast their votes

    Images shared by news agency ANI.
    Images shared by news agency ANI.

    Delhi | AAP MP Harbhajan Singh and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir cast their votes for the Presidential polls.

  • Jul 18, 2022 03:04 PM IST

    Telangana CM KCR casts his vote in Hyderabad

    Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao casts his vote for Presidential Elections in Hyderabad.

  • Jul 18, 2022 03:03 PM IST

    Congress MPs Sonia Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and Digvijaya Singh to cast vote shortly

    Delhi | Congress MPs Sonia Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and Digvijaya Singh arrive in Parliament to cast their votes for Presidential elections.

  • Jul 18, 2022 02:54 PM IST

    Presidential polls: Voted according to my conscience, says Cong MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi

    Haryana Congress MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi, who cross-voted in last month's Rajya Sabha polls, on Monday said he has voted according to his conscience in the presidential election too.

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  • Jul 18, 2022 02:48 PM IST

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  • Jul 18, 2022 02:46 PM IST

    Mulayam Singh Yadav arrive in wheelchair to cast vote

    Mulayam Singh Yadav arrive in wheelchair to cast vote. (ANI)
    Mulayam Singh Yadav arrive in wheelchair to cast vote. (ANI)

    Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav arrived to cast his vote on a wheel chair accompanied by his brother Ram Gopal Yadav. 

    Yadav, 82, has been unwell for quite some time and has been in an out of hospital in the last year due to various ailments.

  • Jul 18, 2022 02:39 PM IST

    ‘We hope Murmu gets maximum votes from Assam,’ says CM Sarma

    “We hope that NDA's candidate Droupadi Murmu will get maximum votes from our state,” says Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma after casting his vote for the Presidential polls 2022.

  • Jul 18, 2022 02:26 PM IST

    CM Dhami votes in Uttarakhand for Prez polls

    Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, Assembly Speaker Ritu Khanduri, cabinet ministers Subodh Uniyal, Premchand Aggrawal and Rekha Arya were among the first to cast their votes in the state of Uttarakhand.

  • Jul 18, 2022 02:20 PM IST

    SP ally Rajbhar accompanies DyCM Pathak to cast vote in UP

    The new-found political bonhomie between the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) and the BJP was on full display in the legislative assembly on Monday when Samajwadi Party ally Om Prakash Rajbhar was seen accompanying Deputy Chief Minister Brajesh Pathak to cast vote in the Presidential election.

    The two leaders flashed a smile to the media before proceeding to exercise their vote.

    Rajbhar told PTI, "Droupadi Murmu ji is going to win the Presidential election and the road to Delhi passes through Lucknow. She is going to win with a huge majority."

  • Jul 18, 2022 02:19 PM IST

    BJP MLA from UP casts vote in Kerala for Prez poll

    BJP's Sevapuri MLA Neel Ratan Singh Patel, who is currently undergoing an Ayurvedic treatment at a hospital in northern Palakkad district, traveled upto Thiruvananthapuram to exercise his franchise at a polling station set up at the state Assembly complex. "I am very lucky that I have got an opportunity to cast my vote for the presidential poll in this beautiful state," Patel told PTI after casting his vote.

  • Jul 18, 2022 02:18 PM IST

    Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan casts her vote in Delhi

    Image tweeted by news agency ANI.
    Image tweeted by news agency ANI.
  • Jul 18, 2022 02:15 PM IST

    Defence Minister, Law Minister cast their votes for the Presidential polls

    Source: ANI
    Source: ANI

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, Congress MP Randeep Singh Surjewala and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan cast their votes for the Presidential polls in Delhi.

  • Jul 18, 2022 02:11 PM IST

    Yashwant Sinha called Mulayam an ISI agent, will never support him: Shivpal Yadav

    "The one (Opposition Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha) who called Netaji (SP's Mulayam S Yadav) ISI agent, we can never support him. Hardcore SP leaders, those who follow Netaji's principles will never support a candidate who levelled such allegations," says Shivpal Yadav

  • Jul 18, 2022 02:06 PM IST

    Chidambaram, Farooq Abdullah cast votes

    Congress' P Chidambaram, NC's Farooq Abdullah, SAD's Simranjit Singh Mann, and AAP's Raghav Chadha cast their votes for the Presidential polls

  • Jul 18, 2022 01:48 PM IST

    Odisha Congress MLA Mohammad Moquim votes for Droupadi Murmu

    Going against party line, Odisha Congress MLA Mohammad Moquim votes for NDA Presidential nominee Droupadi Murmu. "I have voted for the daughter of the soil," said the Congress MLA

  • Jul 18, 2022 01:44 PM IST

    Punjab: Shiromani Akali Dal MLA abstains from voting

    Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA who is also leader of party's legislative group in the state legislative assembly on Monday abstained from voting in Presidential election that took place here at Vidhan sabha premises. While the other two MLAs Of the party Dr. Sukhwinder Sukhi and Ganieve Majithia voted for BJP led NDA's Presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu.

  • Jul 18, 2022 01:42 PM IST

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  • Jul 18, 2022 01:37 PM IST

    Prez polls: BJP eyes 200 votes from Maharashtra as voting takes off in Mumbai

    Polling for the election of the President of India is underway in Maharashtra; with the opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) struggling to keep their MLAs in check amidst reports of cross-voting from their ranks. Read more

  • Jul 18, 2022 01:36 PM IST

    ‘Matter of joy…’: MP Shivraj Chouhan hails Murmu after casting vote

    “Our MLAs are casting their votes for the Presidential election. It is a matter of joy that for the first time, a tribal daughter will become the President. Not only the voters - the MLAs - but the common public are excited for her," Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tells ANI after casting this vote.

  • Jul 18, 2022 01:22 PM IST

    ‘Cong cross-voting in presidential polls’, alleges AIUDF MLA in Assam

    “There was a Congress meeting y'day, it was attended by only 2-3 MLAs. Only District Pres were there. What was the need for a meeting in Assembly?...Clear that Congress is cross-voting, it may be 20+. You can see numbers on the day of result: Karimuddin Barbhuiya,” AIUDF MLA tells ANI. Read more

  • Jul 18, 2022 01:11 PM IST

    NCP MLA says he voted for NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu: Report

    Gujarat NCP MLA Kandhal S Jadeja says he has voted for NDA's presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu, reports ANI

  • Jul 18, 2022 01:09 PM IST

    Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann casts his vote

    Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann casts his vote in Chandigarh.  (Ravi Kumar/Ht Photo)
    Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann casts his vote in Chandigarh.  (Ravi Kumar/Ht Photo)

    Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann cast his vote, this as AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal too voted in Delhi.

  • Jul 18, 2022 12:37 PM IST

    Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel casts his vote in presidential poll 2022

    Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel.
    Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel.

    Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel casts his vote in Raipur. 

  • Jul 18, 2022 12:29 PM IST

    President Election 2022: Delhi CM Kejriwal casts vote

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal casts his vote in the presidential elections. He is a sitting MLA from New Delhi constituency. His Aam Aadmi Party is supporting Yashwant Sinha.

  • Jul 18, 2022 12:18 PM IST

    Amid rumours, Madhya Pradesh Cong MLAS deny cross-voting

    Amid rumour of cross voting, Congress MLAs claimed to cast their votes on the party line. Tribal leader and Congress MLA Heeralal Alawa said the result will reveal the truth. Congress cIaims that independent MLA Kedar Dawar is on their side.

  • Jul 18, 2022 12:11 PM IST

    Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan casts his vote

    Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan casts his vote for the presidential elections. He had met Yashwant Sinha in Thiruvananthapuram.

  • Jul 18, 2022 11:59 AM IST

    Tamil Nadu CM Stalin votes in prez polls after recovering from Covid-19

    Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin on Monday cast his vote in India's 15th presidential election. The CM voted from Chennai after having tested positive for Covid-19 and being hospitalised last week. He came straight to Fort St George campus after he was discharged from Kauvery Hospital today morning, reported news agency PTI. Full report

  • Jul 18, 2022 11:51 AM IST

    Presidential polls: Confident of numbers, BJP looking to divide Oppn more in UP

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  • Jul 18, 2022 11:48 AM IST

    Jayant Sinha, BJP MP and Yashwant Sinha's son, casts his vote

    Jayant Sinha - BJP MP and son of Opposition's Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha - casts his vote for the Presidential election, at the Parliament.

  • Jul 18, 2022 11:34 AM IST

    Ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh casts his vote

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  • Jul 18, 2022 11:30 AM IST

    Goa CM Pramod Sawant casts his vote

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  • Jul 18, 2022 11:22 AM IST

    7 BJP MLAs, 2 MPs may cross-vote for Yashwant Sinha, spent night in Westin Hotel, say senior Trinamool Congress leaders

    7 BJP MLAs, 2 MPs may cross-vote for Yashwant Sinha, spent night in Westin Hotel, say senior Trinamool Congress leaders

  • Jul 18, 2022 11:15 AM IST

    Bihar BJP MLA arrives on a stretcher to cast vote

    BJP MLA from Sitamarhi
    BJP MLA from Sitamarhi

    BJP MLA from Sitamarhi Mithilesh Kumar arrives on stretcher.

  • Jul 18, 2022 11:02 AM IST

    President Elections 2022: Union minister Anurag Thakur casts his vote

    Union Minister and BJP MP Anurag Thakur casts his vote in the election being held for the post of President of India, in Parliament. He is an MP from Hamirpur constituency

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:55 AM IST

    Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami votes in the 16th Presidential election

    Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami votes in the 16th Presidential election

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:52 AM IST

    ‘Fortunate to be the first one’: BJP MLA reacts after being the first one to vote in Jharkhand Assembly

    "I am fortunate to be the first to vote in the President election. I voted right at 10 am as the voting began," said BJP's Anant Ojha, first to vote in Jharkhand assembly.

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:45 AM IST

    Yashwant Sinha's message as votes are cast to elect India's 15th president

    Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha on Monday urged the lawmakers to vote for him - “to save democracy” as voting began to elect India's 15th president. Read more

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:41 AM IST

    Presidential Election 2022: Andhra CM Jagan Reddy casts his vote

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  • Jul 18, 2022 10:33 AM IST

    Presidential Election 2022: Rajasthan CM Gehlot casts his vote

    Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot casts his vote in the elections. The Congress is supporting opposition joint candidate Yashwant Sinha.

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:27 AM IST

    Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik casts his vote

    Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik casts his vote. He has expressed open support to NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu. 

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:24 AM IST

    Gujarat CM casts vote in Gandhinagar

    Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel casts his vote for the presidential elections. 

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:16 AM IST

    PM Modi casts his vote in Presidential elections

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi casts his vote in Parliament. He is a sitting MP from Varanasi.

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:13 AM IST

    Bengal BJP MLAs flash victory sign ahead of voting

    West Bengal BJP MLAs are seen flashing the victory sign as they queue at the state Assembly to vote for the presidential elections.

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:10 AM IST

    Yogi Adityanath casts his vote for Presidential elections | Video

    Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath casts his vote in UP Assembly. He is a sitting MLA from Gorakhpur Urban. 

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:08 AM IST

    ‘Expect to give historical lead to Yashwant Sinha,’ says Bengal minister

    "We expect to give a historical lead to Yashwant Sinha from West Bengal. This would give a boost to the non-BJP camp," said Firhad Hakim, TMC leader and state minister

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:05 AM IST

    Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin casts his vote| Video

    Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin casts his vote at the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

  • Jul 18, 2022 10:03 AM IST

    Voting begins for the Presidential election: Report

    Voting begins for the Presidential election; MPs and MLAs across the country cast their votes.

  • Jul 18, 2022 09:49 AM IST

    ‘New President & Vice-President…’: PM Modi on presidential polls

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    Presidential polls to begin at 10 am and end at 5 pm, says Rajya Sabha secretary

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  • Jul 18, 2022 09:38 AM IST

    Droupadi Murmu's win is certain, says BJP leader

    NDA's presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu's win is certain. We have full faith that she will win record votes from Maharashtra: Ashish Shelar, Chief Whip, Bharatiya Janata Party, Maharashtra Assembly to ANI

  • Jul 18, 2022 09:31 AM IST

    Bengal: Suvendu Adhikari arrives at Assembly ahead of voting

    Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari arrives at West Bengal Assembly ahead of voting for the Presidential election today. The BJP MLAs have also arrived at the assembly.

  • Jul 18, 2022 09:20 AM IST

    Who is Droupadi Murmu, BJP's candidate for presidential polls?

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  • Jul 18, 2022 09:01 AM IST

    Who is Yashwant Sinha, Opposition's candidate for presidential polls?

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  • Jul 18, 2022 08:39 AM IST

    West Bengal BJP MLAs en route Assembly for voting in presidential elections | Video

    West Bengal BJP MLAs leave hotel for the state Assembly to vote in presidential elections. 

  • Jul 18, 2022 08:28 AM IST

    How is a president elected?

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  • Jul 18, 2022 08:14 AM IST

    Race to Rashtrapati Bhawan: Here's a list of 14 presidents of India

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  • Jul 18, 2022 07:59 AM IST

    Patnaik calls Droupadi Murmu 'daughter of Odisha,' announces full support

    Just a day before July 18 Presidential polls in the country, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday said NDA's Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu will get full support from the Biju Janata Dal, ANI reported. In a series of tweets today, Patnaik, who is also the chief of BJD, said, "Addressed all BJD MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament commencing from 18th July. It is indeed a matter of honour and pride for our state that the daughter of Odisha, Droupadi Murmu has been nominated to the highest office of our country."

  • Jul 18, 2022 07:54 AM IST

    Prez polls: Political parties in Maha take precautions to ensure votes do not become invalid

    Various political parties in Maharashtra are taking extra efforts to ensure none of the votes cast by their MLAs and MPs turn invalid in Monday's presidential election, PTI reported. A Maharashtra BJP leader said on Sunday that the party has taken extra efforts to educate each of its MLAs and MPs on voting for the Presidential polls to avoid their ballots getting invalidated for any lacunae

  • Jul 18, 2022 07:45 AM IST

    Reconsider your decision to support Sinha: Shivpal to Akhilesh

    Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia (PSP-L) chief Shivpal Singh Yadav in a letter to Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday had appealed to him to reconsider his decision to support opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in the July 18 presidential election while referring to an old statement of Sinha calling SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav an “ISI agent”. Full report

  • Jul 18, 2022 07:35 AM IST

    Presidential poll: Odisha BJP offers prayers for Droupadi Murmu's victory

    A day ahead of the Presidential polls in the country, the Odisha BJP unit offered prayers at different temples in the state for NDA Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu's victory, ANI reported. The party cadres organized prayers and lit diyas at Mahaprabhu Shri Jagannath Temple at Puri, Shri Lingaraj Temple at Bhubaneswar, Maa Samaleswari Temple at Sambalpur, Maa Sarala Temple, Jagatsinghpur in Odisha.

  • Jul 18, 2022 07:29 AM IST

    Murmu talks of excitement among tribals, women over her nomination as Prez pick

    A day before the presidential poll, NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu interacted with MPs from NDA on Sunday and said that tribals and women in the country are excited and delighted over her nomination for the country's top constitutional post, according to sources. Full report

  • Jul 18, 2022 07:21 AM IST

    Droupadi Murmu meets NDA leaders on eve of presidential poll

    The ruling NDA’s presidential election nominee, Droupadi Murmu, on Sunday said her candidature has sent a positive message among tribal communities and women, who are excited at the prospect of a woman from a marginalised tribe occupying the highest constitutional office in the country. Read more

  • Jul 18, 2022 07:14 AM IST

    Will vote in Presidential poll, says Tamil Nadu CM Stalin

    Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK president M K Stalin on Sunday said he would vote in the Presidential polls on July 18, after getting discharged from a hospital here. Having recovered from Covid-19, Stalin is set to be discharged from a private hospital here on Monday. Full report

  • Jul 18, 2022 07:10 AM IST

    Presidential polls: Droupadi Murmu has easy edge over Yashwant Sinha

    India’s 15th president is set to be elected on Monday, and Droupadi Murmu, backed by the ruling National Democratic Alliance, seems to be headed for a comfortable win with numbers in her favour. Challenging her is the opposition’s pick - Yashwant Sinha - who had quit the BJP in 2018. Murmu, if elected, would be India’s first tribal woman president. Full report

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Updated on Jan 30, 2023 03:49 PM IST

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a public interest litigation (PIL) against the Centre's ban on BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The hearing will take place on February 6.

Union minister Kiren Rijiju had termed the BBC documentary a part of 'malicious campaign' launched both within and outside the country.(HT File)
Union minister Kiren Rijiju had termed the BBC documentary a part of 'malicious campaign' launched both within and outside the country.(HT File)
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People of Jammu and Kashmir opened their hearts and embraced me: Rahul Gandhi

Published on Jan 30, 2023 03:33 PM IST

The comments by Gandhi come in the wake of an alleged security lapse at Jawahar Tunnel, stating that police were missing in controlling the crowd that had come for his reception

The foot march traversed a distance of 3,570 kilometres across 12 states (Facebook | Rahul Gandhi)
The foot march traversed a distance of 3,570 kilometres across 12 states (Facebook | Rahul Gandhi)
ByAnish Yande

Rahul Gandhi reveals why he wore t-shirt during yatra; recalls Indira, Rajiv

Updated on Jan 30, 2023 03:07 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi was addressing a rally at the concluding function of the Bharat Jodo Yatra amid heavy snowfall in Srinagar.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi salutes after unfurling the national flag, at the party office, in Srinagar on Monday. (Congress Twitter)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi salutes after unfurling the national flag, at the party office, in Srinagar on Monday. (Congress Twitter)
By, New Delhi

Key moments from Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra

Updated on Jan 30, 2023 03:13 PM IST

The Bharat Jodo Yatra formally concluded on Monday with a function at the Jammu and Kashmir Congress headquarters in Srinagar. It was followed by a rally led by Rahul Gandhi at the Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium - where the Congress and other like-minded parties are expected to join

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hoists the national flag during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar on Sunday (HT Photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hoists the national flag during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Lal Chowk area of Srinagar on Sunday (HT Photo)
ByAnish Yande

'Sheen Mubarak!': Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka's snowball fight in Srinagar | Watch

Published on Jan 30, 2023 02:12 PM IST

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra - the brother-sister duo - on Monday shared some fun and light moments with a snowball fight in Srinagar.

Brother-sister duo Rahul, Priyanka's snowball fight during Yatra's closing event(Twitter/Congress)
Brother-sister duo Rahul, Priyanka's snowball fight during Yatra's closing event(Twitter/Congress)
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Bharat Jodo finale: Priyanka Gandhi recalls Rahul's emotional text

Published on Jan 30, 2023 01:54 PM IST

In a show of opposition strength, leaders of several national and regional parties on Monday braved snowfall and bone-chilling cold to share the stage with Congress leaders at a rally organised to mark the culmination of the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Mehbooba says India sees ‘ray of hope’ in Rahul Gandhi; Omar Abdullah's request

Updated on Jan 30, 2023 02:58 PM IST

The Congress on Monday took out a rally to mark the culmination of its Bharat Jodo Yatra in Srinagar amid heavy snowfall.

PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar on Monday.(Source: Twitter)
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti in Srinagar on Monday.(Source: Twitter)
By, New Delhi

Curtains down on Congress yatra with flag unfurling; PDP, NC attend rally

Published on Jan 30, 2023 01:14 PM IST

The closing ceremony was followed by a rally led by Rahul Gandhi at the Sher-e-Kashmir Stadium where several opposition leaders joined the Congress leaders.

Curtains down on Congress yatra with flag unfurling; PDP, NC attend rally
Curtains down on Congress yatra with flag unfurling; PDP, NC attend rally
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

‘No comparison between 1962 and 2020’: Congress’ DDLJ jibe at EAM Jaishankar

Published on Jan 30, 2023 01:09 PM IST

While addressing his book launch in Pune in Maharashtra on Saturday, EAM Jaishankar claimed the land that opposition leaders say has been occupied by China “was occupied in 1962,” in a reference to the war when Jawaharlal Nehru was Prime Minister of India

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh (HT Photo)
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh (HT Photo)
BySaptarshi Das

4 LeT terrorists held, hideout in forests of Awantipora destroyed: J&K police

Published on Jan 30, 2023 01:03 PM IST

The counter-terror operations in the Kashmir Valley have intensified followed rise in target killings in recent months.

Security personnel stand guard during the Congress' 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', at Awantipora in Pulwama District of South Kashmir, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023.(PTI)
Security personnel stand guard during the Congress' 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', at Awantipora in Pulwama District of South Kashmir, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023.(PTI)

Afternoon brief: Jairam Ramesh's ‘DDLJ’ reply to Jaishankar's remarks

Published on Jan 30, 2023 01:00 PM IST

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Congress general secretary in charge of communications, Jairam Ramesh. (PTI)
Congress general secretary in charge of communications, Jairam Ramesh. (PTI)

On Gandhi's death anniversary, tributes from PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, others

Published on Jan 30, 2023 12:36 PM IST

Martyrs' Day is also observed on January 30 in memory of freedom fighters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tribute at Raj Ghat in Delhi. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tribute at Raj Ghat in Delhi. (ANI)
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

India's envoy to Australia visits temples vandalised in Melbourne

Published on Jan 30, 2023 12:30 PM IST

In recent days, three temples in the country's second-largest city were painted with anti-India graffiti, allegedly by supporters of the Khalistan movement.

Indian high commissioner to Australia, Manpreet Vohra (left), at ISKCON Temple, Melbourne (twitter.com/VohraManpreet)
Indian high commissioner to Australia, Manpreet Vohra (left), at ISKCON Temple, Melbourne (twitter.com/VohraManpreet)
By, New Delhi

Ramcharitmanas controversy aimed at benefitting SP, BJP: Mayawati

Published on Jan 30, 2023 12:04 PM IST

BSP president Mayawati on Monday alleged that the recent controversy over Samajwadi Party leader Swami Prasad Maurya's remarks on the 'Ramcharitmanas' was aimed at benefitting his party and the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh electorally.

BSP chief Mayawati (File)
BSP chief Mayawati (File)
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