Last Update: 12 July 2022, 10:50 AM IST
Sources told CNN News 18 that the Shiv Sena core committee led by Uddhav Thackeray has decided to extend support to NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu in the upcoming presidential election.
Several Shiv Sena MPs, who attended the meeting called by Uddhav Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai, requested him to “support NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu for President’s post and open the door for a possible patch-up with the BJP and the BJP”. ” did. Separated from the Eknath Shinde faction, the report said.
A total of 16 MPs said that the party should extend its support to NDA’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu.
Presidential elections are due on 18 July, and there is no whip for the presidential election and MPs can vote as they wish. Shiv Sena MP Gajanan Kirtikar told the media that 16 party MPs had agreed that Shiv Sena should want Murmu as she is a “woman belonging to the tribal community”.
“She is an NDA candidate but Draupadi Murmu belongs to the tribal community and is a woman. We should extend our support to them – this was the demand of all MPs (of the party). Uddhav ji told us that he will tell us his decision in a day or two.
Kiritkar said that out of total 18 Lok Sabha MPs of Shiv Sena, sixteen physically participated in the crucial meeting on Presidential election and all agreed to support Murmu. “Out of the 18 MPs, two were absent – Bhawna Gawli and Shrikant Shinde. All other party MPs were present in the meeting.
The Sena has 18 Lok Sabha MPs from Maharashtra and one, Kalaben Delkar, from Dadra & Nagar Haveli.