- BJP cornered CM Banerjee with video of her dancing with gloves-wearing tribals
- Many alleged that tribals were forced to wear gloves during the event
- West Bengal CM had participated in a mass wedding at Alipurduar district
President election: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday cornered West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee with video of her dancing with gloves-wearing tribals.
In a tweet, BJP leader Amit Malviya said, "PM Modi has hailed Smt Draupadi Murmu’s nomination for the President’s office as a recognition of her inspiring journey." "Compare it with Mamata Banerjee, who at a recent community event in Alipurduar, made them wear gloves for the photo op. Such derision for the Janajatiya Samaj!," he added.
On June 8, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee danced hand-in-hand with tribal women on Adivasi music during a mass wedding at the Alipurduar district. Many, including West Bengal Bengal BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, alleged that tribals were forced to wear gloves. The leader of Opposition said, "While CM @MamataOfficial feels sickened to hold the bare hands of Tribals (Adivasis) & forces them to wear gloves; Hon'ble PM Sri @narendramodi ji wants to handover the topmost Constitutional Post of India to a Tribal." Look how only those holding CM's hands are wearing gloves," he said in a tweet.
BJP president J P Nadda announced the candidature of 64-year-old Droupadi Murmu, former Jharkhand governor, following a meeting of the party's parliamentary board, hours after opposition parties in a joint statement named Sinha, who was earlier with the BJP but fell out with the Modi-Shah leadership and joined the Trinamool Congress in March 2021.
Murmu (64), a former Jharkhand governor, will be the first tribal woman to occupy the top constitutional post if she is elected, a strong possibility as numbers are stacked in favour of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Considered soft-spoken and affable, the leader, who comes from Mayurbhanj, one of the most backward regions of Odisha, has held various positions in the party, rising through the ranks, and was a minister in the state when the BJP was in alliance with the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD).