Droupadi Murmu’s first trip to south since nomination, in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry | Latest News India

Draupadi Murmu, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s candidate for the July 18 presidential election, arrived in Tamil Nadu on Saturday and met AIADMK leaders and former chief ministers E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam and other politicians from the state.

Murmu, who made his first trip to the southern states after being named the NDA candidate, traveled to Puducherry where he met Chief Minister N Rangasamy and other leaders of the ruling NR Congress-led coalition, which is part of the BJP-led coalition. N.D.A.

In a closed-door meeting of NDA units, Murmu sought support at the polls with the party and independent MLAs.

Barring surprises, Murmu will succeed President Ram Nath Kovind and become the country’s first tribal woman to hold the post.

He will face former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, who is the consensus candidate of the opposition, which includes the Congress and the Trinamool.

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Apart from the BJP, Draupadi Murmu will have the support of the Biju Janata Dal from her home state of Odisha and that will be enough to secure the necessary votes.

He can count on Karnataka’s Janata Dal (Secular), Bihar’s Janata Dal (United) and Punjab’s Akali Dal, as well as Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party after the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister ignored the opposition.

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Murmu also has the support of many units of the NDA.

In a surprise admission, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was in charge of selecting Sinha as the opposition candidate, said she would have considered supporting Draupadi Murmu if the BJP had indicated her choice.

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Meanwhile Yashwant Sinha was in Telangana today while Murmu was in Tamil Nadu. Sinha met Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao, whose party has extended support to his endeavour.

With input from PTI


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