Droupadi Murmu has been appointed by BJP as their presidential candidate

Droupadi Murmu has been appointed by BJP as their presidential candidate

Former Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu has been appointed by BJP as their presidential candidate. Mrs Murum, a tribal citizen of Orissa, will face former federal minister Yashwant Singha, who has been nominated as an opposition candidate. The 64-year-old will be the first indigenous woman to become  President of India if elected. The election for the next president will take place on July 18th and will be counted on July 21st. According to the Election Commission, the new president will take office on July 25.

 Mrs Murumu’s name was revealed after the BJP Parliamentary Board met tonight to give final advice on the presidential candidate.

The board discussed 20 members for the post and decided to select 4,444 people from East India, one tribe and one woman,  BJP chief JP Nadda said. Shortly after her name was announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:

 Mrs Murum, 64, was a strong candidate for this post before the 2017 presidential election. However, on this occasion,  Ram Nath Kovind, then Governor of Bihar and who happened to be a Dalit, was elected to that position by the government. Draupadi Murmu, the first female governor of Jharkhand, began her political career as a councillor.

Mrs Murmu, a two-time BJP member from Orissa, was the Minister of the Cabinet of Naveen Patnaik when  Biju Janata Dal or BJD ruled the state with the support of the BJP.  She also headed the Mayurbangi district unit of the BJP in Orissa and represented Lyranpur in the Orissa Parliament. Patnaik tweeted a congratulatory message to Mrs Murum today. It is speculated that the BJP can trust his support for the election and Jharkhand’s ruling party, Mukti Morucha, and put the government in a comfortable position.

 Earlier today, Yashwant Sinha was selected as a consensus candidate for the non-BJP party. His name appeared after three previous opposition elections. National Assembly leader Sharad Powerle, former Prime Minister Jammu and Kashmir Farouk Abdullah, and former governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi declined the offer. Members of the electoral college elect the president. The Electoral College consists of members elected from both Houses of Parliament and the Parliaments of all states, as well as the  Union Territory of Delhi’s metropolitan area and Pondicherry.


 Draupadi Murmu has many firsts in its name. When the BJP-led NDA elected her as the presidential candidate on Tuesday, she became the first indigenous woman to run for India’s Supreme Constitutional Office. She was the first woman to take up that position when she was appointed Governor of Jharkhand in 2015. In doing so, she also became the first tribal woman to become governor of her home state of Orissa.

Currently, if she is elected president, she may be heading towards getting another score first. Given the stack of numbers in favour of NDAs, it could be strong. Murmu is a veteran tribal leader of the Santar ethnic group, although the NDA seems to have issued an important political statement in its decision to focus on the tribal community. The Santal form the largest tribe in Jharkhand and are also present in Assam, Tripla, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and West Bengal.

 Murum was born on June 20, 1958, in the village of Baidaposi in the Mayurbangi district, and she began her political career in 1997 as a councillor and vice president of Lyrampur citizenship. That same year, she was appointed Vice President of ST Morcha of Odisha BJP.

In 2000, when BJP and Vijujanatadal established a coalition government, she became an MLA in Lyrampur. She was the State Minister (Independent Responsibility) of the Orissa Department of Transport and Trade from 2000 to 2004, the Department of State from 2002 to 2004, and the Fisheries Department in 2002. In one of the country’s most remote and developing counties, it transcended political status and fought poverty and personal tragedy.

However, her enthusiasm for serving society was shattered, and she graduated from Lamadebi Women’s College in Bhubaneswar. Her wealth of political and administrative experience is reflected in her position in the Saffron Party. From 2002 to 2009, she was a national executive member of BJP’s ST Morcha. In 2004 she became Rairangpur’s MLA again, and from 2006 to 2009 she was appointed President of BJP’s ST Morcha.


In return for her outstanding contributions, she was awarded the 2007 Nilakantha Award for Best MLA by the Legislative Assembly. From 1979 to 1983, she also served as a civil servant in the position of Junior Assistant to the Irrigation Energy Department of the Orissa State Government. As a grassroots worker, she has also taught at the Shriaurobind Integrated Education Center in Lyranpur without pay.

 Born in the Santhal community, Droupadi Murmu began his political career as a councillor of Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat in 1997, became Minister of the Orissa State Government in 2000, and then Governor of Jharkhand in 2015. When BJD established a relationship with the BJP a few weeks before Prime Minister Navine Patnerk swept the state elections, Droupadi Murmu, a former MLA from Lyranpur for a two-year term, retained parliamentary seats.

Droupadi Murmu is also honoured to be the first female governor of Jharkhand. If she is elected, Murum will also be the first president born after independence. Ms Murmu, a two-time BJP member from Orissa, was the Minister of the Cabinet of Naveen Patnaik when Biju Janata Dal or BJD ruled the state with the support of the BJP.

She has extensive management experience in the Orissa Government’s Department of Transportation, Commerce, Fisheries, Livestock and more. She began her political career as a councillor and later became Vice-Chairman of the National Advisory Council of Lyrampur or the NAC.  In 2013, she was promoted to the rank of National Executive Member of the Denotified Tribes Moruchaof the Orissa Party. After graduating from Lamadebi Women’s College in Bhubaneswar, the arts have been engaged in politics and social welfare for nearly 20 years.

The tribal leader, Droupadi Murmu,  is the president of the Modi government. She opposes former federal minister Yashwant Sinha, a  joint opposition candidate for the July elections. The 64-year-old will be the first indigenous woman to become  President of India if elected.  Political commentators welcomed this as a wise move by the BJP. They say that in the context of the presidential election, Murum is likely to be elected against Yashwant Singha because she is a woman and comes from a humble tribal background.

 If she is elected, Murum will be the first female tribal president in India and the second female president in the country.  Murmu’s choice as a presidential candidate is consistent with the NDA’s thinking process, which made Ramnath Kovind the face of the president in 2017. Govind came from a small Koli community in Uttar Pradesh, was born in a  mud farmhouse and became India’s second Dalit president.


 ” The selection of tribal candidates has been prioritized for the first time. We are announcing Draupadi Murmu as an NDA candidate for the upcoming presidential election.” Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi praised Mrs Modi on Twitter, saying: Millions of people, especially those who have experienced poverty and hardship, are drawing great power from Smt’s life.

Droupadi Murmu Ji Her understanding of political issues and her compassionate personality will bring great benefits to our country.  Droupadi Murmu Ji has devoted his life to serving society and empowering the poor, oppressed and marginalized, PM added.

edited and proofread by nikita sharma

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