Odisha Congress MLA Mohammed Moquim disobeyed party rules on Monday (July 18) and voted for BJP presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu.
Moquim acknowledged the development after casting his ballot in the presidential election. He remarked, “I am a Congress MLA but I voted for NDA’s Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu. I voted for her because I followed my heart, which told me to do something for the soil.”
I am a Congress MLA but I have voted for NDA’s Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu. It’s my personal decision as I’ve listened to my heart which guided me to do something for the soil and that’s why voted for her: Odisha Congress MLA Mohammed Moquim#PresidentialElection pic.twitter.com/ckbaKRGdM7
— ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2022
Sarat Pattanayak, the chairman of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee, has said that the party’s top command will be informed of the situation and Mohammed Moquim will face the proper consequences. It is noteworthy that there are just 9 MLAs and 1 MP for Congress in this state. The Barabati-Cuttack constituency’s MLA is named Moquim.
Speaking to the media, Moquim stated that he supported Murmu since she is from Odisha and because he is an Odia.
The Election Commission made the date for the 15th President of India’s election official on June 15 of this year. According to the rules, the election took place before the current President’s tenure was over.
The Election Commission set the election date for July 18, 2022, in light of the fact that President Ram Nath Kovind is leaving his position on July 24. While the BJP-led NDA has put tribal leader Draupadi Murmu, the former governor of Jharkhand, on the ballot, the opposition has endorsed Yashwant Sinha for president.
On July 21, the votes for the Presidential election will be counted.
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