In response to the Shiv Sena declaring support for the National Democratic Alliance’s nominee Droupadi Murmu, the opposition’s candidate for president in next week’s election, Yashwant Sinha, canceled his visit to Mumbai slated for this coming Saturday.
Sinha’s trip to Mumbai, where he was supposed to meet and speak to lawmakers from the Maha Vikas Aghadi, has been postponed, according to a representative of the Nationalist Congress Party.
The visit has been postponed as a result of Uddhav Thackeray, the president of the Shiv Sena, expressing his party’s support for Murmu.
Thackeray had stated on Tuesday that his party will back Murmu and noted that this was the first time a tribal woman had the chance to hold the office of President.
Although there was no pressure on him, he claimed that various party officials, particularly those from the tribal community like MLC Aamshya Padvi, former MLA Nirmala Gavit, and Eklavya Sanghtana’s Shivajirao Dhavale, had asked him to support Murmu.
There are 19 Shiv Sena members of parliament, including 18 from Maharashtra.
It has 55 MLAs and three MPs in the Rajya Sabha, but 40 of them have allied with the faction headed by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
The MVA government, which also included the NCP and Congress, was led by the Sena. However, it was overthrown on June 29 as a result of a Shinde uprising.
The NCP has 53 lawmakers, four each in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, compared to the Congress’ 44 MLAs, one Lok Sabha representative, and three Rajya Sabha members.