126 MLAs across 18 states and 17 MPs cross-voted for Murmu | India News

NEW DELHI: President-elect Droupadi Murmu had always looked set for a comfortable win because of NDA’s strength and the support it had secured for her from regional parties, but the scale of her victory became bigger because of the number of votes she managed to secure from the opposition column.
The final tally shows that as many as 126 MLAs spread across 18 states and 17 MPs defied diktats of their respective parties to vote for her, something which appears significant because of the polarised political milieu and opposition’s attempt to turn the Presidential contest into a battle of ideologies.
The outcome, while underlining NDA’s dominance and superior managerial skills also provides, perhaps, the first hint of the emergence of a tribal constituency.

While Assam reported the highest number of MLAs cross-voting at 22, Madhya Pradesh, which has a significant number of…

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