Former Jharkhand Governor, Draupadi Murmu, Is BJP’s Choice For President
If elected, the 64-year-old will be the first tribal woman to become the President of India.
New Delhi: Draupadi Murmu, a former Governor of Jharkhand, has been named as the BJP’s choice for the post of President.
Ms Murmu, a tribal from Odisha, will be pitted against former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, who has been named as the opposition candidate. If elected, the 64-year-old will be the first tribal woman to become the President of India.
Elections to choose the next President will be held on July 18, the counting on July 21. The new President will take oath on July 25, the Election Commission has said.
Ms Murmu’s name was announced after the BJP parliamentary board met this evening to take a final call on the Presidential candidate. The board had discussed 20 names for the post and it was decided to pick someone from east India, a tribal and a woman, said BJP Chief JP Nadda.
The first woman Governor of Jharkhand, Draupadi Murmu started her political career as a councillor.
A two-time BJP legislator from Odisha, Ms Murmu was a minister in the Naveen Patnaik cabinet when the Biju Janata Dal or BJD ruled the state with the support of the BJP.