Kovind clinched the votes of 11 MLAs in the State, five more than NDA's tally of six. She could not open her account in Andhra Pradesh where her party Congress has one MLA.
Out of 147 MLAs in Odisha Assembly, 146 had voted in the Presidential poll except Subal Sahu of Congress. Sahu could not cast his vote because of illness.
This is despite the fact that more than 100 legislators cross-voted, apparently in favour of Kovind, a report in Hindustan Times stated.
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Many in the oppositions voted against their own candidate Meira Kumar in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Punjab, Assam, and Tripura. Our group of 13 MLAs voted for UPA nominee Meira Kumar. The BJP claims Congress voters conducted cross voting. "We had given the right candidate who has finally got elected", BJP Goa unit president Vinay Tendulkar said while addressing a function organized by the BJP to celebrate Kovind's victory.
The BJP-led coalition government has a strength of 21 MLAs. Even in Assam, one Congress MLA resigned his seat, joined BJP and got re-elected in a bye-election a year ago, Islam said.
On the other hand, Kumar should have pocketed at least 90 votes - 83 of Congress-NCP combine, three of PWP, one of CPM, two of MIM and one of SP, Bhandari said.
Total 166 MLAs of BJP, 56 of Congress, four BSP and three independent MLAs are present in the 14th state assembly and they participated in the polling. "It is wrong. We will take precautions in the future (upcoming Rajya Sabha election) that such a thing does not happen", Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar was quoted by PTI. He claimed out of the 116 opposition lawmakers who appeared to have voted for the NDA candidate, 30-35 were MPs. Instead, we have identified 50 constituencies across Assam where we are looking to strengthen our own base and I am undertaking personal visits to all those constituencies. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora told this newspaper that it is hard to ascertain the identity of the legislators who resorted to cross voting. The results were declared on Thursday and Kovind won convincingly.
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