Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Murmu visits 3 more NE states; campaigns for Prez post


After visiting Assam and Manipur on Tuesday, NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu visited Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland on Wednesday to seek support for the forthcoming president poll.
Murmu seeks support from lawmakers in M’laya
BJP-led NDA’s Presidential nominee Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday visited Meghalaya and held a meeting with legislators of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) to seek their support for her candidature for the top post of the country.
Significantly, opposition Trinamool Congress (TMC) legislator Himalaya Muktan Shangpliang also interacted with the presidential candidate of the NDA, while the five former Congress MLAs, who have since been suspended from the party, interacted with Murmu online.
Murmu, accompanied by Union Minister Sarbananda Sonwal and senior BJP leader Sambit Patra, landed at the Shillong airport in Ri-Bhoi district this afternoon and was received by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, senior BJP legislator Alexander Laloo Hek and other top BJP leaders of the state.
She went to the Orchid Lake resort at Umiam where she was felicitated by the public representatives.
Seeking the support of the Meghalaya legislators for her candidature for the top post of the country, Murmu told the legislators about her humble background and would work for the downtrodden, especially women who are socio-economically deprived.
Murmu, a former Governor of Jharkhand and a former Odisha minister, said that as the first scheduled caste candidate for the top post she would endeavour to uplift the SC communities across the country.
She also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for nominating her candidature for the top post.
Noting that as President, Murmu will represent a new India, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, “As a tribal community, it will be our honour to offer our support to India’s first indigenous tribal woman as our country’s President.”
“She represents hope for every tribal, every girl and every woman and will carry with her the aspirations of small communities of India. We are proud of her and wish her all the best for the upcoming Presidential Election,” Sangma, who is also the national president of the National People’s Party (NPP), added.
The NPP, and other constituents of the MDA, including the United Democratic Party (UDP), Hill State People’s Democratic Party have already announced their support for Murmu.
Lone Nationalist Congress Party legislator, Saleng Sangma, who is part and parcel of the MDA government, is waiting for the directive of his party high command whom to vote for in the presidential election.
However, the opposition Trinamool Congress in the state, which has 12 members in the 60-member Meghalaya assembly and 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.
Meghalaya has two Lok Sabha members one represented by Congress and NPP besides one Rajya Sabha member represented by NPP.
Murmu holds closed-door meeting in Arunachal
NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday visited Arunachal Pradesh and held a meeting with the MPs and MLAs of the ruling BJP and its allies — the NPP, and the JD(U) — sources in the saffron party said.
Accompanied by Union ministers Sarbananda Sonowal and Pratima Bhowmick, Assam MP Rajdeep Roy and BJP spokesman Sambit Patra, Murmu arrived here from Lilabari in Assam’s North Lakhimpur district to seek support for her candidature from the lawmakers.
She was received by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, his deputy Chowna Mein, BJP state unit president Biyuram Wahge and other party functionaries at the Raj Bhavan helipad.
The NDA presidential nominee held a closed-door meeting with Lok Sabha MP Tapir Gao, Rajya Sabha member Nabam Rebia, the legislators of the BJP, NPP, and the JD (U), besides three Independents
The sources in the BJP said that Murmu, during the meeting, showered praises on the development work and the vibrant culture of the state, terming Arunachal Pradesh as a “pious state” as it houses several religious sites such as the Parshuram Kund and Bhismaknagar, where Lord Krishna is said to have married Rukmini.
She also briefly met Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra at Raj Bhavan, they said. The ruling BJP in the state has 48 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly, while NPP has four legislators, and the JD (U) one. Three Independents are also members of the House.
The opposition Congress has four members in the Assembly. The saffron party has two Lok Sabha MPs in the state – Gao and Kiren Rijiju — and one member in the Upper House of Parliament, Rebia.

Droupadi Murmu welcomed by Aruncachal CM Pema Khandu.

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