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BSP chief Mayawati announces support for NDA’s Vice-Presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar

Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Wednesday declared support for NDA’s vice-presidential candidate Jagdeep Dhankhar “in view of larger public interest”.

“It is well known that due to the lack of consensus between the government and the opposition in the election for the post of the the president, the country’s highest post, the election for it was finally held. Now, due to the same situation, the election for the post of Vice-President is also going to be held on 6th August,” Mayawati tweeted in Hindi.

“In view of the larger public interest and its own movement, the BSP has decided to extend its support to Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar in the election for the post of Vice President, which I am also formally announcing today,” she added in another tweet.

The election for the Vice President’s post will be held on August 6. This comes just as the tenure of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu comes to an end on August 10, 2022.

Joint Opposition candidate Margaret Alva, a former Union minister, is pitted against NDA’s Jagdeep Dhankhar, the former Bengal governor, for the August 6 Vice President elections. While the JMM and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena had backed NDA’s Murmu during the presidential race, they have chosen to vote for Opposition nominee Alva this time around.

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However, Trinamool Congress, which had played a big hand in choosing Opposition’s presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha, has decided to abstain from voting as the party claimed that they were not consulted by the other Opposition parties before fielding Alva.

While claiming that her party is neutral, Mayawati had backed Murmu as she claimed that her party was ignored in the Opposition’s decision-making process while choosing Sinha as their joint candidate.

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