Cross-Voting for Murmu Surges Oppn’s Unity Bubble in Over 10 States Halfway to 2024

22 July, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

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According to reports, approximately 125 MLAs from various state assemblies voted in support of Droupadi Murmu.

Even before voting, it was clear that former Jharkhand governor Droupadi Murmu would be the next President of India and the first tribal woman to hold the position. Because the Indian presidential election is indirect, it cannot be used to gauge public sentiment ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Cross-voting in states in favour of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance is what makes this year’s election politically significant.

Cross-voting in states such as Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and Goa has revealed the flimsiness of the Opposition’s united front narrative against the BJP two years before the General Elections. Even before the big fight, some states will hold Assembly elections in the next two years, and the voting patterns seen in presidential elections should worry opposition parties.

Murmu became India’s first tribal President after defeating Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in a one-sided election. The NDA candidate won by a landslide, receiving more than 64 percent of valid votes to succeed Ram Nath Kovind as India’s 15th President.

According to reports, approximately 125 MLAs from various state assemblies voted in Murmu’s favour. The counting of votes also indicates that the former Jharkhand governor benefited from cross-voting from 17 MPs.