Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)’s core committee passed a resolution to extend the party’s support to NDA nominee Droupadi Murmu in the presidential polls, but said the party’s reservations over key issues with former ally BJP still remain.
SAD had pulled out of NDA on September 26, 2020, in protest against central farm laws. The core committee members said they accepted presidential hopeful Murmu’s appeal for support in the forthcoming polls as she symbolised the cause of minorities, the exploited and backward classes as well as the dignity of women. “She has emerged as a symbol for poor and tribal segments,” read the resolution passed by the core committee.
Later in the afternoon, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and other party leaders met Murmu in Chandigarh to convey to her the party’s decision to support her candidature.