Will Jharkhand go the Maharashtra way?
The support for the National Democratic Alliance’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu is growing as the election draws close. Shibu Soren’s Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) is the latest Opposition party to announce its support from the tribal leader from Odisha.
The party president ordered JMM’s three MPs and 30 MLAs to vote for Murmu, who also served as the Jharkhand governor between 2015 and 2021. The development comes only days after Hemant Soren, chief minister and JMM executive president, helped pick Yashwant Sinha as the joint Opposition candidate along with leaders of 17 parties.
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha is backing NDA’s presidential nominee Droupadi Murmu and Chief Minister Hemant Soren is warming up to the BJP
The Congress party is worried that it might lose power in Jharkhand after the big blow it received recently in Maharashtra – rebel Shiv Sena MLAs formed a government with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Earlier this week, photographs of Hemant Soren with Prime Minister Narendra Modi emerged at the inauguration of the Deoghar airport in Jharkhand. The CM reviewed the arrangements ahead of Modi’s 12 July visit, fuelling speculation that the JMM is getting close to its estranged ally BJP.