When Yashwant Sinha,the opposition’s candidate for the July 18 Presidential elections, filed his nomination papers in New Delhi today in the presence of senior opposition leaders including former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar,the JMM representative was missing.
JMM) is yet to decide on whether or not to support—Sinha or the ruling NDA’s candidate Droupadi Murmu.
The JMM leader and CM Hemant Soren and his father and founder of the ruling party Shibu Soren had held a meeting with top executives of the party in Ranchi recently. Though a number of their party’s tribal MLAs had shown gestures in favour of Draupadi Murmu, they had made it public.They are learnt to have left the party high command to take a decision on this issue.
In any case, important functionaries who accompanied Sinha when he filed the nomination for the Presidential elections also included Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, TMC leaders Abhishek Banerjee and Saugata Roy, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja, DMK’s A Raja and Tiruchi Siva, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, RJD’s Misa Bharti and VCK’s Thol Tirumavalavan.
With all their support, Sinha lags behind NDA’s candidate Droupadi Murmu who was supported by the NDA comprising BJP,JD(U) and Lok Janshakti Party and others including BJD led by Naveen Patnaik who together cross the votes needed to get elected as first tribal woman President of India.
Sinha is slated to meet JMM leaders including CM Hemant Soren and his father Shibu Soren in Ranchi this week and seek their support for the presidential poll.