Presidential Election 2017: Polling begins in Mumbai, CM Fadnavis casts vote

Paterniano Del Favero
Luglio 18, 2017

Incarcerated senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, who was allowed to cast his vote in the presidential election today, told his party colleagues that he was innocent and has done nothing wrong. In fact, when Kadam was walking out, he was asked by reporters whom he voted and he was heard saying: "bhajapa" (BJP). Independent MLA Kshitij Thakur was unable to cast his vote as he is out of the country. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was one of the first to exercise his franchise at Vidhan Bhavan. Both Mr. Bhujbal and Kadam had obtained permission from the court to cast their votes. Bhujbal was brought in an ambulance, while Kadam in a police van.

Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde, former Speaker and NCP leader Dilip Walse-Patil, former minister Ajit Pawar, Leader of Opposition in the state legislature assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Leader of Opposition in the state legislature council Dhananjay Munde were among those who cast their votes.

"Kindly convey my namaskar to mothe saheb (NCP chief Sharad Pawar)". "I am innocent. I had never been a shareholder in the companies that are named in the money laundering case". I am suffering for no fault of mine.

However, both the leaders refused to speak to the assembled media before or after casting their vote.

Bhujbal is in jail for more than a year now over charges of corruption in the construction of Maharashtra Sadan at Delhi during his tenure as PWD minister.

Ramesh Kadam's entry and exit was a quick affair, even as the MLA is believed to be miffed with the NCP leadership for abandoning him to his fate since his arrest in the case registered by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch for alleged misappropriation of over ₹300 crore from the Annabhau Sathe Development Corporation, headed by him during the Congress-NCP regime.

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