President Ram Nath Kovind’s term is going to end this year. If the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not repeat his candidature, the country may get a new President. Both the ruling party and the opposition have started making strategies regarding this. NDA currently has less than 9000 votes. The responsibility of completing this will be on the shoulders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. At the same time, the opposition may get a big setback. Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSRCP in Andhra Pradesh and Naveen Patnaik’s BJD in Odisha may vote for the NDA candidate.
Let us tell you that the notification of the Presidential election is likely to be issued in the middle of June. According to sources, the BJP leadership has already started strategizing on this. The buzz has started regarding the names of the candidates. At the same time, work is also going on to hunt down non-NDA parties. From the month of May, the work of formal dialogue and contact with these parties will start.
Opposition may get a blow
Opposition parties have begun discussions on fielding a common candidate to challenge the BJP-led Nationalist Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) presidential candidate for the July presidential election. A meeting regarding the presidential election is expected to be held in early May. Meanwhile, Telangana Rashtra Samithi President and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has deputed party leaders to bring together the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) to garner support for the opposition candidate.
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BJD gave support to Modi government on many issues
Let us tell you that BJD has been giving issue-based support to the Modi government. The BJD had voted in 2019 in favor of important laws including the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill and triple talaq in Parliament. However, the opposition feels that it can convince BJD president Naveen Patnaik. At the same time, Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSRCP is also in the mood to vote in favor of the NDA candidate.
NDA behind 9000 votes from majority
The President’s electoral college is of 10,98,903 votes. The majority figure for victory in this is 5,49,452. In this the vote value of an MP is 708. Among the 4,120 MLAs of the country, the value of the vote of an MLA varies depending on the population of each state and the number of seats. The MLA of Uttar Pradesh has the highest vote value of 208. These figures are likely to be completed with the support of BJD and YSR.
Kovind’s term ending on July 24
The term of the incumbent President Ram Nath Kovind ends on July 24 this year. In such a situation, voting for the election will be held in July. After this the Vice President will be elected. However, in the election of the Vice-President, only the MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha cast their votes, so the BJP and the NDA have a substantial majority there.
Let us tell you that the presidential election of 2022 is important for opposition unity. Opposition parties are looking for an opportunity to give a tough fight to BJP. Since the 2017 presidential elections, the BJP has lost allies including Shiromani Akali Dal, Shiv Sena and Telugu Desam Party (TDP). It will be a numbers game that will test opposition unity ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due in 2024.