Droupadi Murmu files documents and contacts opposition figures

Droupadi Murmu is the BJP-led NDAs presidential nominee . She is a Santhal adivasi from a remote Odisha village .

NEW DELHI: Droupadi Murmu, the BJP-led NDAs presidential nominee, was comfortable in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior officials in the Rajya Sabha secretariat on Friday.In what was seen as yet another attempt at reaching a consensus on the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, she also sought the help of opposition parties.Murmu met with prominent opposition figures from Congress president Sonia Gandhi, NCP president Sharad Pawar, and West Bengal chief Mamata Banerjee a few minutes before releasing her nomination papers.According to reports, opposition leaders wished Murmu for her success, but none assured her of their vote and support since they had already chosen Yashwant Sinha as their nominee.

This was also seen as an attempt by the NDA to put the opposition in a disconcerting situation by opposing a woman candidate who is a Santhal adivasi from a remote Odisha village.The BJP used Murmu's nomination filing as a demonstration of strength, with all chief ministers of the party-ruled states, Union ministers, NDA constituents, and regional leaders from YSRCP, BJD, and AIADMK being present on occasion.Murmu paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi's statue, which she was accompanied by PM Modi, home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, and other politicians at the Parliament library building, where they were preparing for nomination filing.Modi named her name for the campaign, which was later accepted by Rajnath Singh.

In addition to NDA leaders, YSR Congresses V Vijaysai Reddy and BJD leader Sasmit Patra, who are not members of the alliance, were also present in Parliament to support her appointment.Murmu would be the first tribal president and the second woman to serve in the presidency if elected.She will also be the youngest president ever, ahead of N Sanjeeva Reddy and Sanjeeva Reddy.