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New Delhi, June 22.
The NDA led by the Bharatiya Janata Party has declared former Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu as its candidate for the upcoming presidential election. This selection of NDA is being considered as a big bet diplomatically. In fact, the NDA needed the support of some other parties to win its candidate, so the announcement of the name of Draupadi Murmu, who comes from the tribal community, is being considered very important. After the announcement of Draupadi Murmu’s name, some parties outside NDA will be compelled to support her. A similar bet was played by the UPA with the announcement of Pratibha Patil’s name.
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13000 extra votes needed
In fact, NDA needs another 13000 votes to win its candidate, so it will need the support of other parties. In this context, the vote of YSR Congress and Biju Janata Dal had become very important. Though the BJP was hopeful that both these parties could extend their support, but with the announcement of Draupadi Murmu’s name, the NDA has put a moral pressure on both the parties. Let us inform that BJD has more than 43000 votes while YSR has more than 43000 votes. The important thing is that recently Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy met PM Narendra Modi. It is believed that the name of Draupadi Murmu was discussed during this meeting. Both these parties had supported Ram Nath Kovind during the presidential election in 2017.
PM Modi’s meeting with Naveen Patnaik
Naveen Patnaik himself has also confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had discussed with him the name of Draupadi Murmu. Naveen Patnaik tweeted and wrote, “Congratulations to Draupadi Murmu ji on being selected as NDA’s presidential candidate. I was very happy about this when Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed this with me. It is a proud moment for the people of Odisha. I am sure that Draupadi Murmu ji will become a shining example of women empowerment in the country.
Master Stroke of BJP
This decision of the Bharatiya Janata Party is being considered as a strategic masterstroke. The BJP wanted to announce the name of a candidate whose support would become a moral compulsion for some parties. The BJP had announced the name of Draupadi Murmu following the strategy of the UPA. When Pratibha Patil’s name was announced by the UPA, it became a compulsion for Shiv Sena and NCP to support her. Actually, Pratibha Patil comes from Maharashtra, so not supporting the Marathi candidate could have been difficult for both the parties. The BJP has played a similar bet with Draupadi Murmu. It is also a moral compulsion for Naveen Patnaik to support Draupadi Murmu, who hails from the tribal community of Odisha. In such a situation, it is believed that Draupadi Murmu is almost certain to become the President.
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Story first published: Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 9:36 [IST]