Draupadi Murmu belongs to the Schedule tribe cast community in India. She is the first governor of Jharkhand to complete the five year term (2015-2021).
New Delhi: The BJP-led NDA alliance has chosen former Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu as its candidate for the upcoming presidential polls. Draupadi Murmu belongs to the Schedule tribe cast community in India. She is the first governor of Jharkhand to complete the five year term (2015-2021).
BJP president J P Nadda said, “In today’s Parliamentary Board meeting, we decided that the NDA, in talks with all the constituent parties, should declare our candidate for the President polls. Draupadi Murmu has been announced as the Presidential candidate from the NDA side.”
Moments later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted saying, “Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has devoted her life to serving society and empowering the poor, downtrodden as well as the marginalised. She has rich administrative experience and had an outstanding gubernatorial tenure. I am confident she will be a great President of our nation.”
He added, “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.”
Draupadi Murmu was born in the Baidaposi village of Mayurbhanj district in Odisha on June 20, 1958. Her father’s name is Biranchi Narayan Tudu and she hails from the Santal ethnic group.
During the Bharatiya Janata Party and Biju Janata Dal coalition government in Odisha, Draupadi Murmu was the Minister of State with independent charge for Commerce and Transport from March 6, 2000 to August 6, 2002 and Fisheries and Animal Resources Development from August 6, 2002 to May 16, 2004. She was also a former Odisha Minister and an MLA from Rairangpur assembly constituency in the years 2000 and 2004.
Draupadi Murmu was the first woman Governor of Jharkhand. She is the first woman and tribal leader from Odisha to be appointed as a governor in an Indian state. If elected, she will be the first tribal woman to occupy the top Constitutional post of President.