Mumbai: The presidential elections are likely to cause a political earthquake. The opposition parties, namely Congress and NCP, said 13 of their legislators are in contact with BJP and are likely to vote for Ramnath Kovind, the BJP presidential candidate. Independent legislator Ravi Rana told Free Press Journal that “there will be a political earthquake in this election.”
BJP’s 123 and Shiv Sena’s 63 legislators are voters for Kovind in the presidential election. Apart from these legislators, MPs, 23 from BJP, 18 from Sena and one MP from Swabhimani Paksh, will vote for the BJP’s nominated candidate. Sudhir Mungantiwar, senior BJP minister, said that although few legislators apart from Congress and NCP seem to be with the opposition, they will vote for Kovind. He claimed each three members of Peasants and Workers’ Party and Bahujan Vikas Aghadi, one each of MNS, Samajwadi Party and RSP will vote for BJP’s Kovind.
Another senior BJP minister said he has been assigned to pitch for votes from other parties and he is confident of managing it. There are seven independent candidates which BJP tried to convince to vote in favour of Kovind. Shiv Sena and MP Raju Shetti’s Swabhimani Paksh have already extended support to the BJP’s candidate. “The tally of voters will cross the 208 figure of the total 288 legislators,” the minister said. Ravi Rana, independent legislator from Badnera in Amravati district, has formed a group of independent and members of Congress and NCP who will vote for BJP in presidential poll.
“Seven members of NCP and six from Congress are in contact with me. They have assured to vote for Kovind. This will be the beginning and post-presidential election, the state will witness a political earthquake,” said Rana. He added that post-presidential poll, there will be a reshuffle in the state cabinet. However, he denied any possibilities of the Shiv Sena quitting the state government. However, he denied any possibilities of the Shiv Sena quitting the state government. “Once, the process of presidential election is over, these members will resign from their posts and will go for by-election as BJP’s candidate,” Rana claimed. Meanwhile, Kovind will arrive in the city on Saturday morning. He will attend meeting of MPs and legislators at Garware club.