BR Ambedkar's Grandson Backs NDA's Presidential Race Droupadi Murmu

"Requesting Mr Yashwant Sinha to withdraw from the Presidential race because many Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe members from across the parties are joining to vote in favour of Madam Draupadi Murmu," Prakash Ambedkar said.

BR Ambedkar's Grandson Backs NDA's Presidential Race Droupadi Murmu

Prakash Ambedkar is the national president of the Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi.

Mumbai:

Days ahead of the Presidential polls, Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi national president Prakash Ambedkar on Saturday urged Opposition's candidate Yashwant Sinha to withdraw from the race and said that many "Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe members" from across the parties have lent their support in favour of NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu.

The voting for the presidential polls is slated to take place on Monday while the counting of votes will take place on Thursday.

"Requesting Mr Yashwant Sinha to withdraw from the Presidential race because many Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe members from across the parties are joining to vote in favour of Madam Draupadi Murmu," Mr Ambedkar tweeted.

Notably, various parties have extended their support to the NDA candidate including Congress ally Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party ally Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), and RJD ally Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM). Akhilesh Yadav's uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav has also extended his support to Ms Murmu.

YSR Congress Party, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Shiromani Akali Dal have already extended their support to Ms Murmu.

Draupadi Murmu is a former Governor of Jharkhand and a former Odisha minister. If elected, she will be the India's first tribal President and the country's second woman President. Born in a poor tribal family in the village of Mayurbhanj, a backward district in Odisha, Ms Murmu is the first presidential candidate from Odisha from a major political party or alliance.

Ms Murmu filed her nomination papers at the Parliament Library Building in the national capital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed her name for the nomination, which was seconded by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

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