Draupadi Murmu being welcomed in Arunachal Pradesh | File Photo

Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA presidential candidate, Draupadi Murmu, was on a marathon poll campaign in Northeast states since July 5.

On July 6, Draupadi Murmu, who is the first woman tribal leader to contest for the country’s highest constitutional post, visited Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland. Murmu was accompanied by Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal along with senior BJP leaders.

Murmu received a rousing welcome as she addressed the legislators in the Northeast states.

A day earlier, Murmu was welcomed in Guwahati by Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma along with his cabinet colleagues.

On July 5, Murmu attended multiple programmes in Tripura and Manipur before heading to Guwahati late in the evening.

From Guwahati, the 64-year-old Murmu went to Shillong on July 6.

In all the states, chief ministers and other seniors ministers along with leaders received her at the airports while artistes from different communities welcomed her with colourful traditional performances.

According to reports, Draupadi Murmu held a series of meetings with the ministers, MLAs and MPs of BJP and its allies in the Northeast states and sought support for her candidature.

Supporting the candidature of Murmu, Meghalaya chief minister and NPP president Conrad Sangma tweeted: “Meghalaya extends its support to NDA’s presidential candidate, Smti. Draupadi Murmu Ji. As a tribal community, it will be our honour to offer our support to India’s 1st indigenous tribal woman as our country’s president.”

“As president, Smti. Draupadi Ji will represent a new India. She represents hope for every tribal, every girl, every woman, and will carry with her the aspirations of small communities of India. We are proud of her & wish her all the best for the upcoming presidential election,” Sangma said in another tweet.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh also sounded optimistic about Murmu’s victory.

“Held a meeting with all the MLAs of BJP-led govt and Hon’ble MPs of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha today and deliberated on the preparation for the upcoming presidential election. We are confident that, Smt Draupadi Murmu Ji will become the next president of India,” Singh tweeted.

Before the meeting with all MLAs and MPs began, Murmu led a condolence prayer of the victims of the recent landslides in Noney district of Manipur by observing one-minute silence, the chief minister said.

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