The BJP parliamentary board, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, held a meeting on Tuesday to deliberate on the party’s candidate for the presidential election, hours after the opposition named Yashwant Sinha as its joint candidate. The saffron party has named Draupadi Murmu as the NDA president’s candidate. If elected, she will be India’s first tribal president and second woman president.
In an official press briefing, BJP National President JP Nadda announced, “We are in touch with other parties in NDA as well as in UPA. Rajnath Singh had talks with parties in UPA also. I got in touch with some The UPA party and some Rajnath Singh were in touch. In today’s meeting we talked to all the NDA parties, and decided that NDA should also announce the candidate. 20 names were discussed. Our candidate is in the eastern part of India. Must be a woman. No Adivasi has ever been made the President. We have decided to make Draupadi Murmu as our Presidential candidate.”
Who is Draupadi Murmu?
Draupadi Murmu was born in 1958 and began her political career in 1997, when she was an elected councilor in Odisha’s Rajrangpur district and also became the vice-president of the Scheduled Tribes Morcha of the Odisha unit of the BJP in the same year. Before her political career, Draupadi used to be an honorary assistant teacher.
He has also served as BJP District President of Mayurbhanj from 2002 to 2009 and again in 2013. She has been a two-time BJP MLA in Odisha and also served as a cabinet minister in the Naveen Patnaik-led state government when it had an alliance with the BJP. Murmu has also been the first woman governor of Jharkhand.
As far as her personal life is concerned, Murmu has lost her husband and two sons earlier in her life. It is important to mention that he has over two decades of experience of working for the upliftment of the tribal community.
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