Friday, August 12, 2022

Murmu in Tripura, campaigns for president


NDA presidential nominee Droupadi Murmu arrived here on Tuesday to seek support for the July 18 election and will meet MPs and legislators of ruling BJP and its ally IPFT, Tripura Assembly Speaker Ratan Chakraborty said.
Murmu, a former Governor of Jharkhand, was accorded a rousing welcome at Maharaja Bir Bikram Airpor here as artistes performed traditional dance.
Chief Minister Manik Saha, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Verma and Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik welcomed Murmu at the airport.
“Draupodi Murmu, the NDA presidential candidate, arrived here as part of her campaign for the election. She will have a meeting with MPs and MLAs belonging to the BJP and the IPFT in a city hotel to seek votes for her,” the Speaker said.
The BJP has 36 MLAs in the 60-member state Assembly, while the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura has a strength of eight legislators, including Brishketu Debbarma who has tendered his resignation that has not been accepted by the Speaker till now.
The opposition CPI (M) has 15 MLA and the Congress has only one legislator.
The saffron party has two Lok Sabha MPs, while Rajya Sabha seat from the northeastern state fell vacant after Chief Minister Manik Saha had on Monday tendered his resignation from the Upper House of Parliament.
Several major opposition parties, including the Congress, the NCP and the TMC, fielded former Union minister Yashwant Sinha as their candidate for the upcoming presidential poll.

Droupadi Murmu to visit M’laya today

BJP-led NDA’s Presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu is scheduled to visit Meghalaya on Wednesday to garner support for her candidature, senior BJP legislator Alexander Laloo Hek said on Tuesday.
She is scheduled to address public representatives in the state at the Orchid Lake Resort at Umiam (Barapani) near here at 12.30 pm on Wednesday.
“The NDA strongly believes in empowering women and uplifting tribals and backward classes. It will be a matter of pride and honour for all of us to have a tribal in the constitutional position of the President of India,” BJP national executive member and in-charge presidential election, Hek said.
Hek, a former minister, appealed to all public representatives in the state to “rise above party lines” and support the first tribal lady as a presidential candidate.
The BJP, which has two MLAs, is part of the National People’s Party (NPP)-led ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), which is a constituent of the NDA.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, who is also national president of the NPP, was one among those who had accompanied Murmu while filing her nomination papers in New Delhi recently.
The NPP, and other constituents of the MDA, including the United Democratic Party (UDP) have already announced their support for Murmu.
However, the opposition Trinamool Congress in the state, which is led by former chief minister Mukul Sangma, has not yet made its position officially known, though it is widely expected that the party would support the candidature of Yashwant Sinha of the opposition.


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