New Delhi, June 24
BJP-led NDA’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu reached Parliament on Friday to file her nomination papers and several ruling parties and coalition leaders were on hand to support her application.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is considered to be his first mover. The BJP has prepared four sets of nominations for Murmu’s candidature. Besides the prime minister, senior Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda will sign the nomination papers.
Chief ministers of all BJP-led states, including Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath and Gujarat’s Bhupendra Patel, as well as the party’s almost entire band of women and tribal MPs and MLAs will also sign.
Besides complementing NDA leaders, YSR Congress’s Vijayasai Reddy and BJD leader Sasmit Patra, who is not part of the alliance, were also in Parliament to support his nomination.
AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam and JD(U)’s Rajeev Ranjan Singh reached Parliament early.
Before filing the nominations, Murmu will pay floral tributes at the statues of Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar and Birsa Munda.
Each set of presidential nominations must consist of 50 proposers and 50 seconders from among the elected representatives.
If elected, Murmu will be the first tribal president and the second woman to hold the post.