Guwahati: Yashwant Sinha, the rival presidential candidate, said Wednesday that former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey had been “forced” to back Droupadi Murmu of the NDA. Speaking to reporters in Guwahati on the eve of his campaign, Mr. Sinha stated, “I’m not battling a political party, but the power of the Central government.
Uddhav Thackeray, who had previously backed the opposition candidate, switched his allegiance to Ms. Murmu earlier this week at the urging of 16 of his party’s MPs.
According to the current political climate, Mr. Thackeray had stated on Tuesday, “I should not have endorsed her, but we are not narrow-minded.”
However, his announcement was perceived as an effort to halt the developing rift within his party that cost him his position of power.
In Maharashtra, the alliance government disintegrated last month before of the presidential elections as a result of Eknath Shinde’s revolt. Shinde is currently the state’s chief minister. Of the 55 Sena MLAs, 40 had backed Mr. Shinde. At least six members of parliament also seemed to be on the other side.
Yashwant Sinha said that the abuse of the Enforcement Directorate was to blame for the Centre’s efforts to undermine the opposition ahead of the presidential elections, adding that “by employing agencies, they are taking down elected governments.”
Before the Presidential elections, the Central government is attempting to “break the opposition parties,” according to Mr. Sinha.
But even if local parties were expressing their desire to back Ms. Murmu, Mr. Sinha seemed optimistic.
“I have the full backing of Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamool Congress. I am aware that the Aam Admi Party will shortly reveal its hand. The Shiv Sena is the only party in the opposition camp to back the NDA candidate. We have a lot of opposition support even if the Telangana Rashtra Samithi did not attend the opposition conference “Sinha also said.
Droupadi Murmu can anticipate receiving more than 60% of the electoral college votes when all the parties that have endorsed her are included. The list also includes the Janata Dal United of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the Biju Janata Dal of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Since Ms. Murmu was a governor from his state, it is widely anticipated that Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren will back her candidacy.
However, no whip may be issued for the presidential elections, and MPs and MLAs are free to cast their ballots however they see fit.