A senior Congress leader from Jharkhand, where seven of its MPs are believed to have voted for Murmu, said the contrary Rajya Sabha Voters in election, presidential elections are not required to notify their party’s election observers. Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee president Rajesh Thakur said the party would call all its MLAs in Ranchi next week and talk to them one by one about who violated the party line.
Congress’s troubles have increased in states like Gujarat, where elections are due later this year. Though seven Congress MLAs cross-voted in favor of Murmu, the party is shying away from even trying to identify him. State Congress President Jagdish Thakor said that it would be like doubting the loyalty of all the MLAs. “No action is being taken yet. It is clear that the MLAs who did cross voting will switch allegiance. BJP Sooner or later,” he said. In Chhattisgarh, where two Congress MLAs defied party lines, it is impossible to identify the two. Nearly a third of the 71 Congress MLAs in the state are from tribal communities.
Assam reported the highest cross-voting of 22 in favor of Murmu. However, there is no clarity on how many of these belong to the Congress. In UP, the BJP managed to get at least five MLAs from the SP-led opposition to vote for Murmu. While SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle Shivpal Yadav had declared his support for Murmu, there is no clarity about the remaining four MLAs who had cross-voted.
Eight MLAs from the RJD-led opposition camp in Bihar cross-voted for Murmu.
In Odisha, a day after Congress MLA Mohd Mokim openly declared its support to Murmu, the PCC on Friday issued him a show-cause notice, accusing him of campaigning against the “programmes and decisions of the Congress”. went.