Draupadi Murmu Has Been Selected as the NDA’s Presidential Candidate
Draupadi Murmu – On July 18, there will be presidential elections. Final day for nomination is June 29. BJP president J.P. Nadda announced her name at a press conference following a meeting of the party’s top brass. For the upcoming elections for president of India, NDA on Tuesday announced Draupadi Murmu as its presidential candidate. For the first time, preference has been given to a woman tribal candidate. The term of President Ram Nath Kovind expires on July 24.
Draupadi Murmu, if elected, will be only the second woman and first tribal President of India. Tribal leader Droupadi Murmu’s path from a lowly assistant in the irrigation and electricity department in Odisha to the presidential candidate of the BJP-led NDA has been a long and difficult one. She is a member of the Schedule Tribe. She is a Bharatiya Janata Party member. Since the state’s creation in 2000, she is the only governor to serve the whole five-year term (2015–2021).
Background and Life of Murmu
Murmu, who was born on June 20, 1958, is also notable for becoming the first female governor of Jharkhand. Murmu will be the first president born after Independence if elected. In one of the country’s remotest and least developed districts, Murmu made her first steps while battling poverty. Despite all odds, she managed to complete her undergraduate studies in the arts at Ramadevi Women’s College in Bhubaneswar, where she also worked as a junior assistant in the irrigation and power division of the state of Odisha. Later, she worked at the Shri Aurobindo Integral Education Center in Rairangpur as an honorary assistant teacher.
The Nilkanth Award for the Best MLA of the year in 2007 by the Odisha Legislative assembly to Draupadi Murmu. She has diverse administrative experience having handled ministries such as transport, commerce, fisheries and animal husbandry in the Odisha government. In the BJP, Murmu was the vice president and later president of the Scheduled Tribe Morcha in Odisha. In 2010 and 2013, elected to serve as the district president of the BJP’s Mayurbhanj (West) unit. The same year, she was- to the BJP National Executive (ST Morcha).
Up to April 2015, when she was governor of Jharkhand, she served as district president. Shyam Charan Murmu was Murmu’s husband, and together they had two sons and a daughter. She lost her husband and two draupadi murmu childrens, leaving her life scarred by personal traumas.
Murmu, a member of the Santhal clan, entered politics in 1997 as a counselor in Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat. She advanced through the ranks to become an Odisha government minister in 2000 and; subsequently, the governor of Jharkhand in 2015. Murmu, a two-term former Rairangpur MLA, kept her assembly seat in 2009 despite the BJD severing ties with the BJP just weeks before the state polls, which Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik easily won.
“I am surprised as well as delighted. As a tribal woman from remote Mayurbhanj district, I had not thought of becoming the candidate for the top post,” Murmu told reporters at her Rairangpur residence late on Tuesday.
She said the NDA government’s decision to nominate a tribal woman for the top post reflects the BJP’s slogan of
“sabka saath, sabka vikas aur sabka vishwas”.
The current president Ram Nath Kovind also proved to be an ideal choice for BJP. Not only did his candidature consolidate a large section of non-Jatav Dalits in Uttar Pradesh but also sent positive signals to Dalit communities across the country. Considering the BJD’s decision to support the NDA candidate, there will be added pressure on parties like the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress party to choose Murmu over Yashwant Sinha, who was a former BJP member who rebelled against the party.
“A total of 4,809 electors to vote in the Presidential elections 2022. No political party can issue a whip to its members,” chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar had said.
The president of India is elected indirectly by the votes cast by an electoral college. With a total of 4,809 total votes, this electoral college consists of the 776 members of Parliament and; the members of legislative assemblies. The value of the votes of the members of assemblies combined is 543,231 and the MPs is 543,200, equaling a value of 1,086,431.
The elected officials nominated for the Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha, or state legislatures are ineligible to be part of the electoral college and; are consequently ineligible to vote.