President Election: Maharashtra Congress, NCP fear cross-voting
Without cross-voting, Murmu cannot get the votes of 200 MLAs, as claimed by CM Shinde. If Murmu gets 200 votes, it will be a further setback for the Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena," a political analyst said. Full story on Dynamite News:
Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress - the two main opposition parties in Maharashtra - have already held meetings with their legislators to ensure there is no any cross-voting in favour of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's candidate Droupadi Murmu. However, there are concerns among the opposition parties over the possibility of cross-voting.
The opposition is concerned as Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Sunday claimed that Murmu would get the support of 200 MLAs from the state.
"We will manage to get the votes of 200 MLAs for Droupadi Murmu. We want a very comfortable win for her," Shinde said.
Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha is the joint-candidate of the Opposition.
The BJP currently has 106 MLAs in the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly along with 40 MLAs belonging to the Eknath Shinde faction of the Shiv Sena, besides 10 independents who are supporting the BJP.
Without cross-voting, Murmu cannot get the votes of 200 MLAs, as claimed by CM Shinde. If Murmu gets 200 votes, it will be a further setback for the Congress, NCP and the Shiv Sena," a political analyst said.
The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena with 15 MLAs has announced support for Murmu.
The NCP and Congress have 53 and 44 MLAs, respectively.
Of the total 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra, 23 MPs belong to the BJP, 18 to Shiv Sena, four to NCP, and one to Congress.
Of the rest two MPs, one belongs to the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and another is Independent. (with Agency inputs)