The BJP-led NDA alliance had announced to choose former Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu as its candidate for the upcoming presidential polls.
Bhubaneswar: A day after NDA announced candidature of Droupadi Murmu for President post, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday appealed to extend unanimous support. The CM requested all members of the state assembly to cast their vote in favour of Murmu, a tribal woman belonging to the state.
He tweeted, “Appeal all the members of 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 said that he was happy when Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed with him about candidature of Droupadi Murmu for the top post. He described Murmu as the daughter of the state.
In an earlier tweet, Patnaik had said, “Congratulations Smt #DraupadiMurmu on being announced as candidate of NDA for the country’s highest office. I was delighted when Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji discussed this with me. It is indeed a proud moment for people of #Odisha.”
On Tuesday, The BJP-led NDA alliance had announced to choose former Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu as its candidate for the upcoming presidential polls. Draupadi Murmu belongs to the Schedule tribe cast community in India. She is the first governor of Jharkhand to complete the five year term (2015-2021).
BJP president J P Nadda had said, “In today’s Parliamentary Board meeting, we decided that the NDA, in talks with all the constituent parties, should declare our candidate for the President polls. Draupadi Murmu has been announced as the Presidential candidate from the NDA side.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted saying, “Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has devoted her life to serving society and empowering the poor, downtrodden as well as the marginalised. She has rich administrative experience and had an outstanding gubernatorial tenure. I am confident she will be a great President of our nation.”
He had added, “Millions of people, especially those who have experienced poverty and faced hardships, derive great strength from the life of Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji. Her understanding of policy matters and compassionate nature will greatly benefit our country.”