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Yashwant Sinha’s ‘thin’ chance hinges on JMM’s support | India News


NEW DELHI: In the race to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the opposition bloc’s presidential nominee Yashwant Sinha will face his first hurdle when he visits Jharkhand on June 24 to seek support from UPA ally Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM).
Though the Shibu Soren-led JMM attended the June 15 meeting of opposition leaders convened by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to decide on a presidential candidate, the party has still not announced its support to Sinha’s candidature. With NDA announcing Droupadi Murmu, who is not only the first tribal woman to be nominated for the highest constitutional office, but has also served as Jharkhand governor, all eyes are now set on JMM to see which way the UPA ally may vote.
If JMM decides to back Murmu, Sinha’s chances in the losing battle will get dimmer still. JMM, meanwhile, is expected to announce its decision later this week.
Yashwant Sinha is scheduled to travel to as many state capitals as he can in a run up to polling day on July 18.



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