President Pranab Mukherjee decided not to vote in order to express his neutrality towards all political parties.
New Delhi, May 9 (PTI) President Pranab Mukherjee today decided not to vote in the on-going Lok Sabha elections in order to express his “neutrality in the political fray”.
He had completed all the formalities for voting through postal ballot, thus making him the first Head of the State to do so, but decided not to exercise his franchise keeping in tradition with his predecessors.
“The President in order to express his neutrality in the political fray has decided not to cast his ballot,” President’s Press Secretary Venu Rajamony said here today.
Mukherjee, who is the country’s 14th President, had ordered a postal ballot to cast his vote for South Kolkata Lok Sabha seat which goes to polls on May 12.
He is a registered voter from 160, Rashbehari, South Kolkata parliamentary seat.
Rajamony said that the decision was taken for maintaining the tradition as most of his predecessors had done the same.
South Kolkata will see a multi-cornered contest with Congress fielding Mala Roy and BJP nominating state President Tathagata Roy. Trinamool Congress has fielded sitting MP Subrata Bakshi whereas Nandini Mukherjee is CPI-M’s candidate.