New Delhi: Droupadi Murmu, nominated by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for President On Friday, rang several key opposition leaders, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, asking for their support for her candidature.
She personally called all the leaders and talked to them before filing her nomination for the upcoming July 18 presidential poll.
As per the report, all the three opposition leaders wished her success.
She filed her nomination on Friday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi handing over her set of papers to Returning Officer PC Mody.
During the nomination process, Droupadi Murmu was accompanied by several leaders such as union ministers, including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, and Nitin Gadkari, and BJP president JP Nadda.
Many Chief Ministers, especially of BJP-ruled states, including Yogi Adityanath, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Manohar Lal Khattar, Jairam Thakur, Pushkar Singh Dhami, and leaders of some NDA-supporting parties like YSRCP, BJD, and AIADMK, were present during her nomination filing.
She is the first tribal woman to file her nomination for the top constitutional post in the country. She is an old politician from Odisha. She also served as the Governor of Jharkhand and a minister in Odisha.
Her opponent would be Yashwant Sinha in the presidential contest on July 18. Droupadi Murmu is almost certain to be the next president of the country. She will be the first tribal president of the country and the second woman after Partibha Patil to hold the top post.