On Tuesday the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) announced the candidate for the position of President of India. The person selected for this is Droupadi Murmu, a former governor of Jharkhand.
This selection is quite interesting for a number of things not the least that it could be our second female President and that too hailing from a tribal background. Murmu on her nomination commented “I got the news [of getting elected as the Presidential candidate] from all of you [media]. I don’t want to comment on it right now. Thank you very much.”
Now, a lot of people are interested to learn more about the candidate and who is Droupadi Murmu.
Who Is Droupadi Murmu?
Droupadi Murmu if she wins will become the first tribal woman to become India’s president and the second as a female after Pratibha Patil. This will truly be a big win for the tribal communities of India and perhaps lead to better leadership.
A video has gone viral of her where she is seen sweeping the floor of a Shiv temple in Rairangpur Mayurbhanj’s Rairangpur in Odisha and then offering her prayers.
#WATCH | Odisha: NDA's presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu sweeps the floor at Shiv temple in Rairangpur before offering prayers here. pic.twitter.com/HMc9FsVFa7
— ANI (@ANI) June 22, 2022
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Droupadi Murmu was born in 1958 and was born in the Santali tribal family from Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district. Before entering politics she worked as a teacher and her entrance was when she was elected as the councilor of the Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat in 1997.
She was also the national vice-president of Bharathiya Janata Party Scheduled Tribes Morcha and has also served as an MLA in 2000 and 2009.
This is not the first time that Murmu has been considered for the Presidency, she was under consideration some 5 years ago when then President Pranab Mukherjee was making his exit. She has also been the first member of the tribal community to become the governor of Jharkhand
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on his Twitter that “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.”
He also added that “Millions of people, especially those who have experienced poverty and faced hardships, derive great strength from the life of Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji. Her understanding of policy matters and compassionate nature will greatly benefit our country.”
Considering her status as Presidential nominee Murmu is now going to receive round-the-clock Z category security cover by armed CRPF personnel. As her opposition, former union minister Yashwant Sinha has been nominated by the joint opposition.
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