The BJP didn’t want to let its MLAs be pressurized by any party to cross vote in the presidential elections tomorrow.
The BJP has moved its Bengal MLAs to a hotel over cross voting fears (Representational)
The BJP in Bengal has shifted all its 69 MLAs in the state Assembly to a hotel ahead of the presidential polls tomorrow. The party has put all its MLAs in a 5-star hotel in Kolkata’s New Town area to prevent any cross voting tomorrow.
Officially, the BJP maintained that the MLAs are undergoing a workshop on how to vote in the election tomorrow.
The MLAs will be taken directly to the assembly at 8 am tomorrow to vote.
The BJP didn’t want to let its MLAs be pressurized by any party to cross vote in the presidential elections.
Similar action has been taken in other states as well.
MLAs from the BJP and the new Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction are being briefed about the processes of the presidential election at a 5-star hotel in Mumbai. Both the chief minister and his deputy, Devendra Fadnavis, are present at the hotel.
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The BJP MLAs will stay the night at the hotel and move directly to the Vidhan Sabha tomorrow morning for the vote.
Not just the BJP, the Congress in Goa moved five of its 11 MLAs to a hotel in Chennai fearing cross voting in the Prez poll. The move came against the backdrop of a brewing mutiny within the party’s unit in the coastal state.
Presidential polls will be held on July 18 and the result will be declared on July 21, the Election Commission has announced. The counting of votes, if it happens, will be held in Delhi.
“A total of 4,809 electors will vote in the elections. No political party can issue a whip to its members,” CEC Rajiv Kumar said.
President Ram Nath Kovind, who was elected in 2017, will remain in office till July 24, 2022.
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