NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu sweeps floor of Odisha temple before offering prayers


NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu swept the floor of a Shiva temple in her hometown of Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha on Wednesday ahead of her trip to New Delhi.

Hundreds of local residents saw the NDA presidential candidate with a broom in hand and dressed in an ivory-colored sari with red trim sweeping the temple floor in the early hours between 3 and 4 a.m.

Like other days, she offered her prayers at the temple after a bath and whispered in the ear of Nandi, Lord Shiva’s ‘vahana’ bull, a common practice here. The temple was cordoned off by CRPF commandos provided to him after the Center granted him a Z Plus security blanket.

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Commandos took over the security of Murmu, 64, from the early hours of Wednesday, a senior officer told PTI.

When Murmu came out of the temple, she was surprised to find a large crowd despite the early hour. Two members of the Iswariya Prajapati Brahmakumari organization also greeted her.

After the temple rituals, she returned to her residence and met with people and leaders from different political parties including the ruling BJD in Odisha.

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Later, when Murmu left for the 285 km journey to Bhubaneswar by car, the townspeople stood on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of the woman vying for the highest position in the country. Women and children offered him flowers, men and young people waved to him.

Many see his candidacy as a great victory for the tribal people. Huge welcoming portals have been erected in the city.

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Murmu served as Governor of Jharkhand from 2015 to 2021. Born on June 20, 1958, she hails from Mayurbhanj district in Odisha and comes from a tribal background. The 64-year-old started out as a teacher and then moved into Odisha politics.

She became an MP twice on a BJP ticket from Rairangpur to Mayurbhanj (2000 and 2009). She started her political career as a councillor, later becoming the deputy chairperson of the Rairangpur National Advisory Council (NAC).

(With PTI entries)



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