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Kerala CM, MLAs vote in president poll

2017-07-17

PTI

Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 17 : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala and legislators from the state cast their vote in the presidential election here today.

Vijayan and his cabinet colleagues along with CPI(M)-led ruling LDF legislators exercised their vote at the state assembly here.

CPI(M) veteran and former Chief Minister V S Achuthanandandn and Congress leader Oommen Chandy were among prominent MLAs to cast their votes, assembly officials said.

The lone BJP MLA O Rajagopal was among the early voters.

In the 140-member assembly, Vengara seat in Malapuram is vacant after incumbent MLA P K Kunhalikutty resigned after his election to the Lok Sabha from Malappuram Lok Sabha seat that fell vacant following death of IUML leader E Ahmed.

From Kerala, NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind is only expected to secure the vote of the lone BJP MLA.

The ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and Congress headed UDF Opposition had announced their decision to back the united opposition candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

Kerala Congress(M) led by former Finance minister K M Mani, which had snapped ties with the UDF, also extended its support to Kumar.

Similarly, the lone independent MLA P C George had also announced his backing to Kumar. The voting will end at 5 PM.

ere ever since her conviction in February in the  disproportionate assets case along with her two relatives V N  Sudhakaran and Elavarasi, all serving a four-year jail term.

Rao had rubbished the charge against him by Roopa, terming it "absolutely false, baseless and wild", and said he would take legal recourse against his junior.

Responding to this, she had said "let there be a fair fact finding inquiry to find out the truth".

As the clash between the top officers played out in  public, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had ordered a high-level  probe by a retired IAS officer into the alleged irregularities at the central prison  and warned of "strict action" if anyone was found involved in wrong doing.

As her report triggered a major controversy, the red- faced Congress government also issued notice to Roopa asking her to explain her conduct, with Siddaramaiah saying it was "absolutely against the rule book".

Roopa had also highlighted in her report the "special treatment" being provided to fake stamp paper scam kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi.

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