Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Madhya Pradesh assembly begins tommorrow

Voting for the July 19 presidential election will be a highlight of the monsoon session of the Madhya Pradesh assembly that begins here tomorrow. The House will meet for 11 sittings during the 17-day session, assembly sources said.

Two bills, including the Indian Penal Code (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill of 2007, will be tabled during the session, they said. Polling for the presidential election will be held on Thursday, and 229 legislators, including the speaker and a nominated member, are expected to exercise their franchise, the sources said.

While the ruling BJP has 168 members, the main opposition Congress has 40, the Samajwadi Party seven, Gondwana Ganatantra Party three, BSP and Rashtriya Samanata Dal two each, and the NCP, CPM, JD-U have one member each. Each vote will carry an effective value of 131 in the electoral college, the sources said.

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