A day after Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray decided to support NDA nominee Draupadi Murmu in the upcoming Presidential elections, Shiv Sena faced flak from Congress, its ally in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra Congress senior leader Balasaheb Thorat expressed serious concerns over Shiv Sena’s stand of supporting Draupadi Murmu.
In a tweet, Thorat raised questions over the ideological defection of Sena, who is still a part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA).
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— Balasaheb Thorat (@bb_thorat) July 12, 2022
He wrote in the tweet, “The presidential election is an ideological battle. It is an ongoing struggle for democracy and the defence of the Constitution. This is not a question of women vs men or tribals vs non-tribals.”
“All those who are in favour of the protection of the Constitution and democracy are supporting Yashwant Sinha,” he further noted.
In a series of tweets, he further noted, “Why did Shiv Sena support Draupadi Murmu? They gave some reasons for that, but we cannot say anything about the real role of the Shiv Sena leadership behind it.”
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“Shiv Sena is a different political party, so they can take their decisions independently. However, the role played by Shiv Sena in this ideological battle when the state government was overthrown by adopting a non-democratic path and the existence of Shiv Sena was challenged is incomprehensible. Sena is a part of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), but they did not discuss anything with us while taking the decision,” he added.
Meanwhile, another ally in the MVA, the NCP maintained that even though Shiv Sena has taken a decision to support the NDA candidate, they want their alliance in the state to remain intact.
Jayant Patil, NCP State President, said that in every Presidential election, Shiv Sena has made their own choice. It is not a support to NDA. Murmu belongs to the Adivasi community. Hence, the Sena must have extended their support.
“We cannot have restrictions, several decisions are taken at individual party level, where alliance partners should not interfere. However, Sena had not discussed before announcing their support for Draupadi Murmu,” Patil added.
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