Presidential election 2022: Manmohan Singh, who fell ill, came in a wheelchair to cast his vote

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is 89 years old and arrived in a wheelchair to vote in the 2022 presidential election. Singh has not been in the limelight since testing positive for Covid last year due to health issues.

In October 2021, he was admitted to the hospital at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after he felt weak following a fever. During the height of the second coronavirus pandemic last year, the former PM contracted COVID-19.

Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav also arrived in a wheelchair to cast his vote. Yadav, 82, has been ailing for some time and has spent the last one year in and out of the hospital due to various ailments.

Leader of the Opposition in the Odisha Assembly and a BJP member Pradipta Kumar Naik arrived with a wheelchair and an oxygen cylinder straight from the hospital. He was admitted to a private hospital in the same area due to post-Covid problems.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president JP Nadda were among the first to vote in the presidential election, which pits NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu against joint opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha at 10 am. Voting will end at 5 pm.

Voting for the presidential election began on the morning of July 18, with NDA’s Draupadi Murmu running against the united opposition’s candidate Yashwant Sinha. Presidential elections were also being held in several state legislatures, and early voters were Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis, and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Members of Legislative Councils and about 4,800 elected MPs and MLAs are eligible to vote in the election, while nominated MPs and MLAs are not. In addition to 63 rooms of the first floor of the Parliament House, which has been converted into a polling place, voting is also being held simultaneously in the Legislative Assemblies of many states.

Till 1 pm, 616 MPs and 9 MLAs had cast their votes, resulting in a turnout of 83 per cent. Counting of votes will take place on July 21.

(with agency input)

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