NDA names former Jharkhand governor Droupadi Murmu as its presidential candidate
Droupadi Murmu, former Jharkhand governor and tribal leader from Odisha, is named as the ruling National Democratic Alliance’s candidate for the upcoming presidential election on Tuesday, June 21. The decision regarding the presidential candidate was taken at the parliamentary board meeting of the BJP. If Murmu wins the election, she will be the second woman and first tribal woman to become India’s President.
A day after the announcement, the 64-year-old leader offered prayers at Rairangpur Jagannath Temple in Myurbhanj, Odisha. She was recorded cleaning the floor before offering prayers. The presidential candidate also visited ‘Jahira,’ a tribal place of worship. Her election is almost definite as she is chosen by the NDA, whose numbers are high. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that Murmu has dedicated her life to helping people, and she will be an excellent President and set an example of women empowerment in the country
PM Modi said, “Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has devoted her life to serving society and empowering the poor, the downtrodden as well as the marginalized. She has rich administrative experience and had an outstanding gubernatorial tenure. I am confident she will be a great President of our nation.” BJP President JP Nadda, while announcing the candidate, said around 20 names were discussed in the meeting, and they reached a conclusion to nominate a candidate from the country’s eastern part. He further said that they also wanted to have a tribal candidate as well as a woman.
BJD supremo and Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik expressed his happiness over the NDA’s decision over the nomination and considered it a proud moment for the people of Odisha. He also congratulated Droupadi Murmu on her candidature. Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha is nominated as a joint candidate of the opposition party for the presidential election. The poll is scheduled for July 18. The BJP’s move to appoint Murmu as its presidential candidate comes just before the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Chattisgarh. 128 seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes in these states.