The Bharatiya Janata Party responded angrily to a statement made by Congress leader Ajoy Kumar that NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu symbolizes a “very terrible mindset of India” and should not be considered a “symbol of Adivasi” (BJP).
The Congress politician said in a statement to ANI on Tuesday that the situation for the Scheduled Castes had become “worse.”
For the July 18 presidential elections, Congress-led opposition parties have put former union minister Yashwant Sinha up against Ms. Murmu.
“It’s not Droupadi Murmu’s fault. Additionally, qualified candidates Yashwant Sinha and Murmu are both nice people. However, she stands for a really terrible Indian worldview. We shouldn’t use her as a “Adivasi” emblem. President Ram Nath Kovind is in office, and Hathras occurred. Has he spoken at all? Scheduled Castes’ situation has become worse, “added Mr. Kumar.
Droupadi Murmu will be India’s second female president and the nation’s first tribal leader if elected. She was Jharkhand’s first female governor (from 2015 to 2021).
Despite challenging conditions, Ms. Murmu finished her education despite being born into a low-income tribal family in a hamlet in Odisha’s rural Mayurbhanj region.
The Congress leader urged other like-minded parties to support the opposition candidate, Yashwant Sinha, in what he called a “battle for the spirit of the country.”
“The Modi administration’s main goal is to deceive the Indian people by inventing symbols. All like-minded parties should support Yashwant Sinha since this election is a battle for the nation’s spirit “added he.
In addition to serving as the BJP district chairman of Mayurbhanj (West) in 2010 and 2013, Droupadi Murmu was a member of the national executive of the BJP’s ST Morcha from 2013 to 2015.
She presided over the BJP’s ST Morcha in Odisha from 2006 to 2009. From 2002 to 2009, she served on the BJP ST Morcha’s national leadership.
Responding to Mr. Kumar, BJP national spokesman Shehzad Poonawala said that Congress had humiliated Ms. Murmu.