Ahead of the presidential election, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Droupadi Murmu’s chances of winning the election are better because of developments in Maharashtra.
“Now we know Droupadi Murmu’s chances are better because of developments in Maharashtra. We’ll go by what opposition parties say,” Banerjee said.
The chief minister further said that the opposition could have considered her (Murmu’s) name if the Bharatiya Janata Party had discussed it with them before announcing it.
“The BJP didn’t discuss with us before announcing their candidate for Presidential elections. They should’ve taken our suggestions…then we could’ve considered,” she added.
Murmu, who was declared BJP-led NDA’s presidential candidate, is a former Governor of Jharkhand and a former Odisha minister.
She will face opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in the presidential contest on July 18. If elected, she will be the first tribal President of India and the country’s second female President.
The elections for the President of India will take place on July 18 and the results will be out on July 21. The term of present Rashtrapati Ram Nath Kovind concludes on July 24.