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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said opposition parties could consider backing the NDA’s presidential candidate if the BJP had discussed with her before fielding Draupadi Murmu.
‘A candidate with consensus is better for the country’
Banerjee said that after the change of power in Maharashtra, Murmu has a better chance of winning the presidential election to be held on July 18. He insisted that a candidate with a consensus is always better for the country.
‘Murmu likely to win due to change of power in Maharashtra’
“BJP’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu has better prospects (to win the presidential election) because of the developments in Maharashtra,” Banerjee told reporters on the sidelines of a Rath Yatra program here. Had the BJP sought our suggestion before announcing Murmu’s name, we could have considered it keeping in mind the greater interest.
Yashwant Sinha is the candidate of opposition parties in the presidential election
The TMC supremo said that she will go by the decision of the opposition parties. Let us inform that non-BJP parties including Congress and TMC have nominated former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha as joint candidate for Presidential election.
Their vote will be valid in the presidential election
Apart from the elected MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, elected MLAs of the states can vote in the presidential election. Apart from 28 states, the assembly members of Delhi and Puducherry will also be able to vote in this election. In this election, 776 MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will be eligible to vote and the value of each MP’s vote has been kept at 700. This means the value of the total votes of the MPs will be 543200.
Last date for withdrawal of nominations July 2
98 people had filled the form for the presidential election, out of which only two candidates are left. After the process of enrollment and scrutiny was over, the papers of the remaining people were rejected. July 2 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations.
The application of Murmu and Sinha was found to be correct.
According to the data released by the presiding officer of the election, a total of 98 people filed 115 sets of nomination papers till the last date for nominations ended on June 29. Out of these, the nominations of 26 people were canceled due to technical reasons at the same time when they filed it. The nomination papers of the remaining 72 people were scrutinized on Thursday, out of which only the nominations of NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu and UPA candidate Yashwant Sinha were found to be correct.