Ostensibly, Sinha’s determination to not marketing campaign in Bengal follows Banerjee’s assurance to him that “she’s going to maintain issues there”.
Nevertheless, contemplating that Trinamool Congress and Banerjee have been desirous to take credit score for organising the opposition for the presidential polls, and for proposing Sinha’s identify because the joint candidate for the July 18 presidential polls, the transfer to maintain Sinha away from Bengal betrays Banerjee’s rising fears that not backing Murmu may upset the occasion’s tribal vote banks within the Junglemahal and North Bengal.
That Murmu represents the Santhal tribe, which accounts for almost 80% of Bengal’s tribal inhabitants, makes Banerjee’s tightrope strolling even tougher.
The opposition camp’s troubles, although, are usually not restricted to West Bengal. Sinha, sources mentioned, can even skip a go to to his house state Jharkhand, the place the Shibu Soren-led JMM has delivered a volte-face by backing Murmu’s candidature even whereas it stays a UPA ally and runs a coalition authorities with Congress. He’ll, nonetheless, cease over briefly in Bihar, the place he’s anticipated to woo dissident teams inside the JD(U).
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Although the presidential race was a shedding battle for the opposition camp to start with, its possibilities have grown dimmer as polling day approaches, not solely due to JMM’s last-minute desertion, but additionally due to the modified equations in Maharashtra and the vertical cut up inside the Shiv Sena. From beginning off on a observe the place the opposition camp was anticipating to place up a decent struggle, because the D-Day approaches, the space to the ending line is rising wider.
What’s extra, the presidential race can even solid a shadow over the vice-presidential polls due subsequent month, the place the chosen opposition nominee shall be confronted will even bleaker possibilities.