Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Nagaland state unit organised a special programme at Mhacha-ki here to celebrate the victory of NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu in the Presidential election, when she scripted history by becoming India’s first tribal president.
Speaking at the programme, BJP Nagaland state president and Minister for Higher Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imma Along, described it as a “red-letter day and a proud moment for tribals in the country”.
He said that out of 133 crore people about 12 crore population were tribals and therefore Murmu getting elected was a momentous achievement.
“To have a tribal woman become the 15th president of world’s largest democracy is a huge achievement and a moment of great satisfaction for all the tribals across the country,” Along said. “For the first time in Independent India coinciding with the 75th year of Indian Independence what could be more befitting to see a tribal woman representing women empowerment getting elected to the highest post in the country,” Along maintained.
He said the “emergence of a mother from a minority community” to lead the country was in stark contrast and a depiction of a country headed under BJP rule. He thanked the political parties in Nagaland for unanimously voting 100 percent for NDA candidate and displaying the undeniable tribal bond evident across the country. He also thanked state chief minister Neiphiu Rio and NPF president Shürhozelie for displaying unity in spite of the political differences.
In his short speech, Minister for Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining and chairman, NSMDC, V Kashiho Sangtam, said Murmu’s victory was a good opportunity for Nagaland as a tribal has been elected to the highest post in the country.
He also expressed his appreciation to the Prime Minister for nominating a tribal lady.
Sangtam said Naga legislators displayed unity by voting 100 percent for Murmu, which showcased the unity among the tribal people.
The celebration was led by BJP Kohima district general secretary Pelenguto Peseyie while State secretary Therali Ezung invoked God’s blessings.
Welcome address was delivered by BJP State spokesperson Ngampa Konyak and State Mahila Morcha vice president, Tsachola Rothrong gave a brief biography of Murmu.
BJP minority morcha Kohima district president Raj Das gave a speech while BJP ST morcha president Wangphong Konyak gave the concluding remarks.
Dy. CM fetes Murmu
Meanwhile, state deputy chief minister and BJP state legislature party leader Y Patton has congratulated Droupadi Murmu on being elected as the 15th President of the Republic of India.
Patton said that history has been created as Murmu, a Santhali from Odhisa, was elected as the first tribal and the second woman to occupy Rashtrapati Bhavan.
He termed Murmu’s election as “a befitting honor” bestowed by the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a woman, even as India celebrates its 75th year of Independence.
Patton said Murmu’s vast experience will be useful in discharging her duties as Head of the state of Indian Union and as Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed forces. He was optimistic that Murmu will discharge her duties in all fairness upholding the ideals of the Constitution.
The deputy CM, on behalf of the state BJP legislators, conveyed heartiest congratulations and wished her all the best of health and well-being throughout the tenure.