The leader of the Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray, said on Tuesday that his party will fully support the NDA’s presidential nominee. This is a big boost for Draupadi Murmu’s campaign. ANI reported that Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray said, “Shiv Sena will back Draupadi Murmu in the upcoming Presidential elections.”
Remember that most Shiv Sena MPs had asked their party leader to support Draupadi Murmu in public because she was a tribal woman and a strong candidate for the highest position in the Constitution.
In a previous interview with a major newspaper, Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut said, “The Shiv Sena does what it thinks is right. We have already told Pratibha Patil, Pranab Mukherjee, and T N Seshan, who are running for the UPA, that they have our support. In the past, the Sena has done more than just political work. We think it’s important to help people in the name of the country.
Most likely, Murmu will be elected because the NDA, which is in power, has enough votes to win. She will then be India’s first president who is from a tribe. In Maharashtra, where more than 10% of the people are from a Scheduled Tribe, the Murmu’s tribal identity is very important. In his answer to a question about why the Shiv Sena supports Murmu, Sanjay Raut made the same point.
Raul said, “Draupadi Murmu is likely to be the first woman from a tribal group to be President of India,” to explain where his party stood. Maharashtra has a large number of tribal people. A lot of Shiv Sainiks come from tribal areas. MLAs are also around. Just because we back Draupadi Murmu doesn’t mean we also back the BJP.
Raut also made it clear that supporting Murmu does not mean supporting its former ally, the BJP, with whom it is now at odds.
The leader of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde, has said that he will vote for Draupadi Murmu in the next presidential election. CM Shinde said that under PM Narendra Modi’s leadership, “all of our MLAs will vote for her.”
July 18 is the day of the presidential elections. Murmu will run against Yashwant Sinha, who is also running for the NDA.