GUWAHATI: NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu who is on a visit to the north-eastern states as part of her campaign for the July 18 Presidential poll has received a stirring welcome in all the states.
Murmu accompanied by Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal and senior BJP leaders visited Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland on Wednesday. Murmu, the first woman tribal leader to contest for the country's highest constitutional post, visited Tripura and Manipur on Tuesday and then went to Assam late on Tuesday night. From Guwahati, the she went to Shillong on Wednesday. In all the states, Chief Ministers and other seniors ministers along with leaders received her at the airports while artistes from different communities welcomed her with colourful traditional performances.
Murmu held a series of meetings with the ministers, MLAs and MPs of BJP and its allies in the northeastern states and sought support for her candidature. Union Minister of State Pratima Bhowmik also accompanied Murmu, who was also the minister in Odisha, and governor of Jharkhand. Supporting the candidature of Murmu, Meghalaya Chief Minister and NPP President Conrad K. Sangma sauid in tweet: "Meghalaya extends its support to NDA's Presidential Candidate, Smti. Draupadi Murmu Ji. As a tribal community, it will be our honour to offer our support to India's 1st Indigenous Tribal Woman as our country's President."
Manipur Chief Minister N.Biren Singh also hopeful about Murmu's expected victory. "Held a meeting with all the MLAs of BJP-led Govt and honourable MPs of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha today and deliberated on the preparation for the upcoming Presidential election. We are confident that, Smt Draupadi Murmu Ji will become the next President of India," Singh said.