Droupadi Murmu files papers, dials opposition leaders | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Comfortably placed with the support of regional parties and an intact alliance, BJP-led NDA’s presidential nominee Droupadi Murmu on Friday filed her nomination papers in the Rajya Sabha secretariat in presence of PM Narendra Modi and other senior leaders. She also sought the support of opposition parties, in what was seen as yet another bid towards reaching a consensus for the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Few minutes before filing her nomination papers, Murmu spoke with prominent opposition leaders including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. Sources said, the opposition leaders wished Murmu for her success but none assured her of their vote and support as the they have already named Yashwant Sinha as their nominee.
BJP chief JP Nadda also dialled Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah and JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda once again, requesting them to support Murmu, saying that a consensus on presidential polls will strengthen country’s democratic system.
Sources also called this an “NDA ploy” to put the opposition in a bind that they were opposing a woman candidate, who is a Santhal adivasi from a remote Odisha village.
The nomination filing of Murmu was utilised by BJP as a show of strength with all chief ministers of the party-ruled states, Union ministers, NDA constituents and leaders from the regional parties like YSRCP, BJD and AIADMK being present on occasion.
Murmu offered floral tributes to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi after which she was joined by PM Modi, home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, BJP president JP Nadda and other leaders at the Parliament library building from where they headed for nomination filing.
Modi proposed her name for the nomination which was seconded by Rajnath Singh. The second set of nominations was proposed and seconded by the chief ministers of the BJP-ruled states.
Besides NDA leaders, YSR Congress’s V Vijaysai Reddy and BJD leader Sasmit Patra, who are not part of the alliance, were also in Parliament to back her nomination.
If elected, Murmu will be the first tribal president and the second woman in the post. She will also be the youngest president ever, second only to N Sanjeeva Reddy.

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