Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United), or JD(U), and its ally Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) on Wednesday pledged to assist the Nationwide Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee, former Jharkhand governor Droupadi Murmu, for the July 18 presidential election.
“Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has at all times stood for girls empowerment and for the betterment of weaker sections of society. Murmu belongs to the tribal group and hails from the weaker sections. That’s the reason, JD(U) welcomes her candidature and can assist her. Her victory is definite,” mentioned JD(U) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh.
Nitish Kumar mentioned he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he known as him Tuesday night. “PM Narendra Modi known as to convey this determination. I thank PM from the core of my coronary heart for this determination,” Kumar mentioned, in keeping with an announcement by the chief minister’s workplace.
HAM-S chief Jitan Ram Manjhi and LJP (Ram Vilas) chief Chirag Paswan additionally declared their assist for the NDA nominee.
Murmu, 64, was born right into a Santhal tribal household in 1958 and overcame important hardships to finish her schooling. She began her profession as a trainer in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district earlier than venturing into politics. She served as the primary lady governor of Jharkhand.
Murmu instructed HT she knew her title was being mentioned for a while however she by no means anticipated to be nominated. “I believe that is proof of ‘sabka saath, sabka vishwas’ coverage of PM Modi,” she mentioned.
Nitish Kumar’s celebration is a part of the NDA however he hasn’t at all times gone together with the alliance’s decisions up to now. In 2017, when JD (U) was a part of the Grand Alliance that comprised the Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal, Kumar’s celebration backed the NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind who was then the Bihar governor.
In 2012, as a part of NDA, JD(U) supported the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance’s Pranab Mukherjee over former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma, who was backed by the Bharatiya Janata Get together.
The opposition, RJD, in the meantime has determined to assist Yashwant Sinha.