Meghalaya legislators hails candidature of indigenous tribal woman as presidential nominee


Cutting across party lines, legislators in Meghalaya have hailed the decision of the BJP-led NDA government to nominate an indigenous tribal woman  as its presidential candidate for the upcoming election to be held on July 18.


United Democratic Party (UDP) president and Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh has announced that the party has decided to support the NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu.


“It is really a dream come true for us to see a tribal occupying the top post in the country,” he said.


Metbah also recalled that the UDP and its legislators had also supported the candidature of former Lok Sabha Speaker and NPP leader (L) Purno Agitok Sangma.


National People’s Party (NPP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong informed that the Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma will soon convene an MDA meeting to request all coalition partners to support the NDA candidate.


“I feel proud and I really appreciate the BJP for respecting the sentiments of the tribal people in the country. As NPP, we endorse this and we are all out for the candidature of Murmu,” he said adding “The dream of (L) PA Sangma has come true.”


BJP leader and former minister AL Hek lauded the NDA government under the leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for nominating a tribal woman as the presidential candidate.


“The vision of the BJP is to uplift and empower the tribal people,” he said.


Meanwhile, opposition All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) leader and Mawsynram MLA Himalaya Shangpliang said this will be for the first time in the history of the country that a tribal woman has been nominated as presidential candidate.


“With her (Murmu) experience, it will uplift the status of women of the country, it will empower and send a lot of encouragement to all tribal women especially in the NE,” he said.