Elections are to be held for the post of President on July 18, but before that Akhilesh Yadav has suffered a major setback, because Shivpal Singh Yadav has announced the support of Draupadi Murmu. He said that he will support NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu in this election.
Shivpal Yadav said that even before this he had voted for Ramnath Kovind. The Samajwadi Party (SP) did not tell him anything about the presidential election and Ramnath Kovind told him twice, after which he voted for Kovind and he also came out winning. Showing displeasure towards the SP, Shivpal said that this time also the SP did not even once tell me who to vote for in the presidential election. Draupadi Murmu ji asked us for votes and we assured them.
Shivpal Yadav said that if Akhilesh Yadav had made him the star campaigner of the party in the by-elections of Uttar Pradesh, then perhaps he would never have lost his fort Azamgarh. He said that if I had campaigned in Azamgarh, then the result would have been different. I was not given the responsibility in the year 2014, everyone saw the result. Once again I was sidelined in the 2017 assembly elections, in this election the SP lost badly. When he was asked to vote for the opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha, Shivpal Yadav said that Yashwant Sinha did not seek his support.
Talking to news agency ANI, Raja Bhaiya said, "As a presidential candidate in today's era Draupadi Murmu’s Selection is very important. This is the reason that apart from BJP, other political parties are also supporting him. Both our MLAs will support him."
Whereas, apart from Raja Bhaiya Samajwadi party leaders, including (SP) ally Om Prakash Rajbhar and BSP leaders Uma Shankar Singh have announced their support for NDA president's candidate Draupadi Murmu. On Friday, Raja Bhaiya along with Om Prakash Rajbhar and Shivpal Singh Yadav attended a dinner hosted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in honour of Murmu in Lucknow.