Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today appealed to all MLAs of the Odisha Legislative Assembly to support the candidature of Draupadi Murmu as President of India.
In a tweet, the Odisha CM stated:
Appeal all the members of Odisha Legislative Assembly, cutting across party lines, to extend unanimous support to elect the daughter of #Odisha – Smt #DraupadiMurmu to the country’s highest office.
The name of Murmu, the former Jharkhand Governor and ex-Odisha Minister was announced by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as its candidate for the upcoming Presidential polls.
Murmu will be contesting against Opposition’s candidate Yashwant Sinha. Consequent to the expiry of the term of President Ram Nath Kovind, an election poll to fill in the office is scheduled to be held on July 18 and counting of votes will take place on 21 July 21.