As expected, Mukherjee won with the backing of UPA partners, including Trinamool Congress which had announced its support only at the last minute. Outside supporters of UPA, including Samajwadi Party and BSP, besides some opposition parties like JD(U) and Shiv Sena also voted in his favour.
In Kerala, it was a clean sweep for Mukherjee as he got all the 124 votes polled while one was invalid. Sangma drew a blank. CPI and RSP members abstained from voting which has a 140 member Assembly.
In neighbouring BJP-ruled Karnataka, there has been apparent cross-voting. Mukherjee got the majority votes in the 224-member Assembly with 117 MLAs voting for him. Sangma could get only 103 votes while three votes were invalid. One MLA did not vote.
Image: Congress supporters celebrate the victory of UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee as President of India, ahead of the formal declaration.
Images & Text: PTI