In a bid to increase its chances in the upcoming presidential elections in July, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to delay the removal of two of its chief ministers from their parliamentary seats. With every vote being important, the party does not want to lose out on a single vote and wants both of its leaders to cast their vote before putting their papers. In a report published by Indian Express, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and Goa CM Manohar Parrikar are expected to continue as MPs till the presidential elections are over. Along with the two, UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya’s tenure as MP might be extended too. While Adityanath and Maurya are Lok Sabha MPs, Parrikar is a member of the Upper House.
While several opposition parties are working to close their rank behind a mutual candidate, the BJP leadership is treading cautiously on the matter. As per the Constitution, Parrikar, Adityanath and Maurya have to be elected to the state legislatures within six months of their swearing-in. However, the window for BJP is long enough for them to retain the three as MPs until the presidential election. A state government leader can contest elections to the Assembly polls only after quitting as MP.
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Parrikar was elected as the Goa CM on March 14 whereas Adityanath and Maurya as CM and Dy CM of UP on March 19. The party has made it official that Parrikar will contest bypoll from Panaji and as per Indian Express sources, Adityanath might too contest polls in UP instead of taking membership in the Legislative Council. The presidential election is stated to take place before July 25 whereas the poll for the post of Vice President is scheduled to happen in August.
As per the current scenario, the BJP-led NDA government looks to be in the driving seat for the electoral college to choose the vice-president. The party has an alliance with 418 members out of the total 787 members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The party is also standing tall in the electoral college for the presidential polls after the support of YSRCP and the TRS. Also, both the AIADMK factions in Tamil Nadu may support the saffron party too.
However, the only concern that lies ahead for the BJP is to make provisions for its ally Shiv Sena which has not voted for the party in the past two presidential elections.