Odisha parliamentary party leader, Narasingha Mishra said that Odisha Congress will not support NDA’s Presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu. “Moreover, the opposition parties at the Centre including the Congress have already chosen its candidate for the Presidential elections. So there is no point in turning back on our candidate and support another at this time,” he said. As Murmu is inspired by the RSS ideology, Congress will never support her candidature for the position of a constitutional head, he said in his statement.
He said, “If Naveen Patnaik has so much sympathy for Odia people, why did he send a non-Odia to Rajya Sabha? Did not he find any Odia suitable for the Upper House?”
Former Union minister Yashwant Sinha emerged as the consensus Presidential candidate of 13 opposition parties, including the Congress, the TMC and the Samajwadi Party as opposed to NDA’s Draupadi Murmu.
Five regional parties considered non-aligned – TRS, BJD, AAP, SAD and YSRCP — stayed away. These parties had also stayed away from the June 15 meeting convened by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.