Uddhav Thackeray offers support to NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu


Uddhav Thackeray has extended his support to NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu. 

Uddhav Thackeray and NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu (PTI photos)

Uddhav Thackeray and NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu (PTI photos)

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has extended his support to NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu. We are happy that a tribal woman is becoming the President, he said.

Thackeray’s decision to back Murmu is a major setback for the Opposition front that has fielded Yashwant Sinha in the presidential polls slated to be held on July 18.

“Shiv Sena MPs did not put any pressure on me but they requested. Listening to their suggestion, we are going to support Droupadi Murmu for President,” Uddhav Thackeray said.

Thirteen of the 18 Lok Sabha MPs of the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra attended a key meeting on Tuesday and a majority of them suggested supporting Droupadi Murmu for the top constitutional post.

However, Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut strongly supported Yashwant Sinha during the meeting, sources said.

Some party MLAs and leaders, especially those from the adivasi community, asked the leadership of the Shiv Sena, a former ally of the BJP, to back Murmu because of her tribal roots.

The presidential polls will be held on July 18 in which 4,809 members comprising MPs and MLAs will vote to elect incumbent Ram Nath Kovind’s successor. Counting votes will take place in the national capital on July 21.

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