Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, while referring to NDA’s presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu and comparing it with Opposition’s candidate Yashwant Sinha, said that polls will be held for the election of the President and not to install “any statue” in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
“We don’t want any statue in Rashtrapati Bhavan, we are electing the President. You must have always heard Yashwant Sinha but we have never heard the voice of the presidential candidate(Droupadi Murmu) of the ruling party,” the RJD leader said on Saturday.
Further asking media persons, Tejashwi said, “neither they nor the media have ever heard Murmu.” “I don’t think even you would have heard her voice (to the media). She hasn’t held a single press conference since she became a candidate,” he added.
The remarks of the RJD supremo Lalu Yadav’s son came days ahead of the presidential polls which are to take place on July 18, on the first day of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament.
Notably, RJD has already announced its support for Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha. However, its ally Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) has announced its support to Murmu, which came as a setback for the Lalu-led party.
Moreover, various parties have extended their support to the NDA candidate including Congress ally Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party ally Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), and Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav has also extended his support to Murmu.
YSR Congress Party, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Shiromani Akali Dal have already extended their support to Murmu.