YSR Congress President and Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday announced his support to NDA’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu. This support of YSRCP is also significant as it has 4 per cent vote share. Odisha’s Biju Janata Dal has already announced Murmu’s support.
In a statement, the party said Jagan believes that supporting Murmu is in line with his ideology of always emphasizing on representation of SC, ST, BC and minority communities. It said that in the last three years, the Chief Minister has attached great importance to the upliftment of these communities and also ensured that they are well represented in the cabinet.
CM Yogi meets Presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu in Delhi, will be included in nomination tomorrow
Murmu will file nomination on Friday
Murmu was made the NDA’s presidential candidate on Tuesday. She will file her nomination papers on Friday. The YSRCP said the chief minister would not be able to attend the filing of nominations by Murmu due to a scheduled cabinet meeting. However, Rajya Sabha MP Vijayasai Reddy and Lok Sabha MP Midhun Reddy will be present. Murmu is originally from the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha and belongs to the tribal community Santal (Santhal). His tenure as the Governor of Jharkhand has also been undeniable, while Yashwant Sinha, the candidate of the United Opposition, also has a close association with Jharkhand.
Murmu met PM Modi, Home Minister Shah
National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate for the post of President Draupadi Murmu arrived in Delhi from her home state Odisha on Thursday and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before filing her nomination on Friday. Met party (BJP) president JP Nadda.
With the announcement of Draupadi Murmu’s name in the presidential election, the game started, how Yashwant Sinha would fail
Former Jharkhand governor Murmu, 64, will file her nomination on Friday in the presence of other senior leaders including Prime Minister Modi, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. During the nomination, two senior ministers of the state government will be present as representatives of the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of Odisha. The BJD has supported Murmu’s candidature.
Why NDA will be happy even before elections
The NDA is expected to get more than 52 per cent of the total votes after the BJD announced its support to Murmu. The total votes in the presidential election are 10,86,431. Now 5,67,000 votes are expected in NDA’s account. It also includes 3,08,000 votes of MPs from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies. The BJD has a total of 32,000 votes in the electoral college, which is 2.9 percent of the total votes. This vote has increased with the support of YSR Congress.
The BJP expects the NDA candidate to get the support of some regional parties like the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) apart from the YSR Congress. After the recent biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha, the total strength of the BJP in the Upper House has gone up to 92, while it has 301 members in the Lok Sabha. The BJP’s resounding victory in the recent assembly elections in four states, including Uttar Pradesh, has also boosted the NDA candidate’s chances of victory. The vote value of the MLAs of Uttar Pradesh is highest as compared to any other state.
However, the number of NDA MLAs in this election is less as compared to the 2017 presidential election. But the number of its MPs has increased. However, the BJP on Tuesday surprised everyone by announcing the name of former Jharkhand Governor Murmu as its presidential candidate. If Murmu wins the election, she will replace Ramnath Kovind.
According to the latest figures, the BJP has a total of 393 members out of a total of 776 members of both the Houses of Parliament. These do not include the four nominated members of the Rajya Sabha because they cannot vote in the presidential election. Apart from the 21 MPs of Janata Dal (United), the BJP candidate reaches a stronger position if the number of MPs from Rashtriya Lok Janshakti Party, Apna Dal and Northeast regional and allies are added.
The value of votes of the members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha is 700. There are total 4033 MLAs in the states. The vote of these MLAs is determined according to the state. The final list of electors will be released after the results of the by-elections to three Lok Sabha seats and 16 Rajya Sabha seats.
Nominated members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha or State Assemblies are not eligible to be included in the electoral college, therefore, they are not entitled to participate in the elections. Similarly, the members of the Legislative Councils are also not voters for the Presidential election.