BJP starts training for Presidential election

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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday began training senior party functionaries in states on how to cast their votes in the July 18 presidential election, party leaders apprised of the details.

Party leaders said that after taking training at the party headquarters here, these senior officials will tell the MLAs of their respective states about the entire process of voting.

A separate training session on the same would be organized for the MPs over the weekend, he added.

The President shall be elected by secret ballot according to the system of proportional representation according to the Constitution.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has fielded former Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu, while the opposition has fielded former Union minister and former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

At the party’s national executive committee in Hyderabad earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi specifically mentioned training MPs and MLAs to ensure that not a single vote is wasted, a party functionary said. demanded anonymity.

“The process of voting has been explained in detail to the MPs and MLAs. In the past, there have been errors that led to the vote being declared invalid. To avoid such mistakes, the party is not taking any risk and is taking proper training,” said the worker.

The official said that special attention will be given to such first-time elected MPs and MLAs, who have not got a chance to vote in the first presidential election.

Besides this, BJP President JP Nadda is expected to host a dinner with all the party MPs on Saturday. The official said Prime Minister Modi is also likely to address the parliamentary party executive committee over the weekend.

A meeting of the leaders of the Rajya Sabha will also be held on Sunday ahead of the monsoon session to be held from Monday. The meeting will be held at the residence of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, the official said.

Meanwhile, Modi met President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. Kovind’s term as the President of India is set to end on July 24.

The electoral college for the Presidential election consists of 543 members of the Lok Sabha, 233 Rajya Sabha and 4,033 members of the Legislative Assemblies. The total value of the votes of MPs is 543,200, and the total value of votes of members of the Legislative Assembly is 543,231, for a total of 1,086,431.

Parties like Shiv Sena, Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) have supported Murmu’s candidature.

The NDA is also dependent on the support of the opposition Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), the Scheduled Tribe (ST)-led party. Murmu belongs to the Santhal tribe.