Draupadi Murmu goes to Delhi tomorrow to file a nomination: Draupadi Murmu goes to Delhi tomorrow to file a nomination, as the presidential candidate for the NDA.
Murmu, who would be submitting her candidacy for the July 18 presidential election in Delhi, departed for the airport this morning, according to ANI.
Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of Odisha and the leader of the BJD, made a plea to the state’s MLAs on Wednesday to support Draupadi Murmu, the NDA’s presidential candidate, to strengthen her campaign.
Patnaik, who is now in Rome, posted this request on Twitter. He tweeted, clearly indicating that his party will support the NDA candidate in the race for Raisina Hill, “Appeal all the members of the Odisha Legislative Assembly, cutting across party lines, to extend unanimous support to elect the daughter of #Odisha – Smt #DraupadiMurmu to the country’s highest office.”
Patnaik disclosed Tuesday that he had already spoken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Murmu’s candidacy. The CM said that he is certain Murmu would serve as a bright example of women’s empowerment across the nation.
The BJD has 114 members in the 147-seat Odisha assembly (including one expelled member), the BJP 22, the Congress 9, the CPI-M 1, and one Independent. In the two presidential elections before this one (in 2012 and 2017), Patnaik’s BJP has backed NDA candidates.
Following a call from the Prime Minister, Patnaik backed NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in 2017. He had said at the time that the BJD wished to keep politics out of the office of the President because it is beyond politics.
Like this, Patnaik was the first to suggest P.A. Sangma, a former speaker of the Lok Sabha, as a candidate in the 2012 presidential election against UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee.
The governing Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in Bihar confirmed its support for Draupadi Murmu of the NDA on Wednesday after Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM and Chirag Paswan’s LJP-Ram Vilas.