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NDA presidential nominee Droupadi Murmu’s Kolkata visit cancelled

The cancellation was due to India’s one-day national mourning for ex-Japan PM Shinzo Abe

PTI | Published 09.07.22, 02:55 PM
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NDA presidential nominee Droupadi Murmu's scheduled visit to Kolkata on Saturday has been cancelled.

The cancellation was due to the one-day national mourning declared across the country as a mark of respect to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who was assassinated on Friday.

On the same day, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Twitter that a one-day national mourning will be observed in India on Saturday, July 9, in honour of Abe.

"As a mark of respect to Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, one-day national mourning shall be observed on July 9. Therefore, all programmes of NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu stand cancelled for July 9, 2022," according to a statement issued by the state BJP.

Murmu’s visit is likely to be rescheduled at a later date. She has been visiting different states to seek support from lawmakers for the July 18 presidential polls.

Abe, 67, the longest-serving prime Minister of Japan, was assassinated in the west Japanese town of Nara while he was campaigning for his party.

Last updated on 09.07.22, 02:55 PM
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