Droupadi Murmu vs. Yashwant Sinha: Vote for Presidential Election Today
Nearly 4,800 MPs and MLAs will vote on Monday to elect India’s 15th President as Ram Nath Kovind’s term ends on July 24. Droupadi Murmu of the National Democratic Alliance and Yashwant Sinha, the opposition’s joint candidate, are the main contenders in the poll for the presidency. The election will take place between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm in the parliament and in the legislative assemblies of the countries.
The counting of votes will take place on Thursday, July 21, and the next president will be sworn in on July 25.
NDA’s Murmu, former governor of Jharkhand, has a clear advantage over Sinha as the former has the support of BJD, YSRCP, BSP, AIADMK, TDP, JD(S), Shiromani Akali Dal, Shiv Sena and JMM and more than 60 percent Votes are expected in their favor. If elected, Murmu will become the first tribal woman and the second woman ever to hold office at that rank.
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Meanwhile, 84-year-old Sinha resigned from TMC before being nominated as the opposition candidate for the presidential election. Sinha, a former IAS officer who worked for the Janata Party, then the Bharatiya Janata Party, has been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s NDA government.
Prior to Sinha, opposition parties had approached NCP chief Sharad Pawar, NC leader Farooq Abdullah and former Bengali governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi to become their presidential nominee.
On July 21, the fate of Murmu and Sinha will be decided.