NDA presidential candidate Murmu meets PM

National Democratic Alliance presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday shortly after arriving in the nation’s capital.

Modi said her candidacy for the post of president has been appreciated across India by all sections of society.

She is expected to file her nomination papers on Friday, with Modi tipped to be the first nominator. A host of senior BJP leaders, including Union ministers and officials from other parties backing his candidacy, are also expected to be among the nominees.

In a tweet, Modi said, “Met Draupadi Murmu Ji. His presidential appointment was appreciated across India by all sections of society. His understanding of basic issues and vision for India’s development are exceptional.”

She will also meet with a host of senior leaders and then embark on a national campaign, urging different political parties to back her candidacy.

If elected, a strong possibility given that Murmu (64) already has the support of a majority in the electoral college, she will be the first tribal person to be president of India.

The opposition fielded former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha as the joint candidate for the post.

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