Celebrity MPs cast vote  in vice-presidential poll

Many celebrities including Sachin Tendulkar actor Rekha and Hema Malini made it a point to cast their votes in the vice-presidential poll.

Published: 05th August 2017 07:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th August 2017 11:04 PM   |  A+A-

Cricket legend Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar after casting his vote for Vice Presidential Election in New Delhi on Saturday. | PTI

By Express News Service

Many celebrities including Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar actor Rekha and Hema Malini made it a point to cast their votes in the vice-presidential poll on Saturday.

On the other side, there were many lawmakers who could not participate in the polling.

The two nominated MPs of the Upper House—Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha- were accompanied to the voting room by Congress' Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Shukla.

Rekha arrived around 11.15 am and she was seen talking with Dimple Yadav, Lok Sabha MP after casting her vote.

Tendulkar arrived later. “Not only here, but whenever voting takes place, every citizen should vote,” he said after casting his vote.

Boxer Mary Kom and BJP leaders Roopa Ganguly and Subramanian Swamy, the three other nominated members in the Rajya Sabha, also cast their votes.

Total 771 of 785 votes were cast when polling closed at 5 pm, registering 98.21 per cent voting. 90 per cent votes were polled within the first two hours, till 12 pm. There were 14 MPs who could not cast votes.

Vijay Goel and Sanwar Lal Jat, both from BJP, could not cast their vote. BJP sources said that they were unwell and are in the hospital.

Mausam Noor and Ranee Narah from Congress; Udayan Raje Bhonsle from NCP; Ambumani Ramadoss from PMK were among those who didn't cast their vote.

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