President election: BJD becomes first non-NDA party to announce support for Draupadi Murmu

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today appealed to all the members of Odisha Legislative Assembly to extend unanimous support to NDA presidential nominee Draupadi Murmu, who is a native of Baidaposi village of Mayurbhanj district in the State.

Taking to his Twitter handle, the Chief Minister said, “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.”

After the announcement of Murmu’s candidature yesterday, Patnaik congratulated her saying that it is a proud moment for the people of Odisha.

With this, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) became the first non-NDA party to announce support for Murmu.

It is said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called Patnaik ahead of announcing the BJP-led NDA’s candidate’s name (Draupadi Murmu) and sought his party’s support.

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