Draupadi Murmu, a tribal woman leader, has been picked by the Modi government for the presidential race. Earlier in the day, Yashwant Sinha was named the joint opposition candidate for the polls.
“For the first time, preference has been given to a woman tribal candidate. We announce Droupadi Murmu as NDA’s candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections,” BJP President JP Nadda said.BJP parliamanet board discussed 20 names for presidential nominee, it was decided to pick someone from east India, a tribal and woman,” he added.
Draupadi Murmu served as the Jharkhand governor between 2015 and 2021. If elected, she will be the first tribal woman to occupy the top constitutional post. The Presidential elections will be held on July 18 and the counting of votes will take place on July 21. The last date of nomination has been set for June 29. President Kovind’s tenure ends on July 24 and the new president will be sworn by July 25.
The president of India is elected indirectly by the votes cast by an electoral college comprising the 776 members of Parliament and the members of legislative assemblies combined.
Talking about Draupadi Murmu, she was a minister in the Naveen Patnaik cabinet when the Biju Janata Dal or BJD ruled the state in alliance with BJP. An arts graduate from Rama Devi Women’s College – Bhubaneswar, she spent almost two decades in politics and social service.