NDA’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu on Thursday sought everyone’s cooperation for the upcoming election to elect the country’s first person, and said she would meet all voters to seek their support before July 18, when polling is due to take place.
Murmu left for Delhi from Bhubaneswar’s Biju Patnaik International Airport at 9.40 am. A tribal dance was organized as a large number of his friends and well-wishers gathered at the airport to see him off. She had covered 280 km by road from her native town of Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj district on Wednesday night to reach the Odisha capital amid greetings and good wishes from people on the way.
In a brief statement issued before leaving for the national capital, Murmu said, “I thank everyone and seek cooperation from all for the presidential election. I will meet all the voters (MPs) and their support before July 18.” I will ask
Itishree Murmu, the only daughter of NDA’s presidential candidate, who was present at the airport, said, “The people of the country love my mother for her simplicity and soft spoken nature. She has gone to serve the country by handing over family responsibilities to me.” Itishree Murmu is a bank officer in Bhubaneswar and is currently on maternity leave to look after her two-month-old daughter.
On Wednesday, Draupadi Murmu was received in Bhubaneswar by state BJP president Sameer Mohanty and local MP Aparajita Sarangi at a guest house where they spent the night, an official said. She had to drop her plans to go to her alma mater, Unit-II Girls’ High School in Bhubaneswar as it attracted crowds wherever she went. The official said she also wanted to offer prayers at the Sri Lingaraja temple here, but the plan had to be shelved due to delay in her arrival. However, Murmu’s school teachers and some college lecturers welcomed him at the guest house.
Kalyani Mishra, the headmistress of his school, said, “We are proud that our alumnus has been groomed to be the next President of India.” The former governor of Jharkhand had graduated from Rama Devi Women’s College, which is now a university.
Murmu had also worked as a Class III employee in the Odisha Irrigation Department after completing his graduation.