Kolkata: 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.

Chief Minister further said that the opposition could have considered her name if the BJP had discussed it with them before announcing it.

“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.

The presidential candidate nominated by the BJP-led NDA filed her nomination papers at the Parliament Library Building in the

national capital on June 24.

Draupadi Murmu, the first woman tribal leader to file her nomination for the top constitutional post of the country, is a seasoned politician from Odisha coupled with an extensive background in the field of academics reflects that she will uplift the tribal sections of the country.

Droupadi 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.

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