Live tv
search
  1. You Are At:
  2. English News
  3. India
  4. BJP’s former ally SAD to back Droupadi Murmu in presidential polls

BJP’s former ally SAD to back Droupadi Murmu in presidential polls

The decision was taken by the party a day after BJP president J P Nadda reached out to SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal to seek support for Murmu.

PTI Reported By: PTI New Delhi Updated on: July 01, 2022 20:42 IST
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal in
Image Source : @ANI

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal in Chandigarh

Highlights

  • BJP’s ex-ally Shiromani Akali Dal said will support NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu in President polls
  • The SAD had snapped ties with the BJP over the now-withdrawn farm laws
  • The SAD chief, Sukhbir Singh Badal, said Nadda had called him on Thursday to seek support for Murmu

The BJP’s former ally Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday said it will support NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu in the presidential elections. The decision was taken by the party a day after BJP president J P Nadda reached out to SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal to seek support for Murmu. The SAD had snapped ties with the BJP over the now-withdrawn farm laws.

Addressing the media here, Badal said, "We have unanimously decided to support Droupadi Murmu for the post of the President."

Citing issues of farm laws and the release of Sikh prisoners, Badal said his party has "many differences with the BJP" but the SAD always worked for the poor and weaker section of society.

"This issue is of a woman who belongs to a poor family and she is getting an opportunity to become the President," he said.

"Keeping our political differences aside, we have decided to choose the right path. The SAD's history says that it always fought for the poor, minorities and the weaker section. After considering for almost three hours, we (in the core committee meeting) unanimously decided that we will support Murmuji," said Badal.

The SAD chief said Nadda had called him on Thursday to seek support for Murmu. He said Murmu, a tribal leader from Odisha, also called him for his party's support.

The SAD had parted ways with the NDA in 2020 over the issue of three farm laws, which were later repealed. Harsimrat Kaur Badal had also resigned from the post of a Union minister over the same issue.

SAD president Badal is an MP from Ferozepur while his wife Harsimrat represents Bathinda parliamentary seat. The SAD has three members in the state Assembly.

 

Latest India News