Newdelhi21/6/22:: Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA today announced the candidature of Draupadi Murmu as it’s presidential candidate for the upcoming polls.
BJP national President JP Nadda announced the former Jharkhand Governor and two-time Odisha Minister’s name as its candidate. For the first time a tribal woman candidate has been nominated for the post of president, Nadda said. The 62-year-old leader started her political career in 1997 after her election as councilor of Rairangpur Municipality. She was elected the vice-chairperson the same year. Prior to her entry into politics, she served as a school teacher and in state government for four years till 1983 as Junior Assistant in Irrigation and Power Department.
Apart from being elected twice as MLA from Rairangpur assembly segment, Murmu was also the Governor of Jharkhand. Earlier in the day, the Opposition named Yashwant Sinha as its candidate for the president’s post. The TMC leader has been pitted against the BJP leader.
Soon after her name was announced, Murmu in her reaction said: “I would like to thank the party for nominating me as Presidential candidate. I would request the support of all public representatives for my election. I wasn’t very much excited as my name was also doing rounds in 2017.”“I would also urge Naveen Patnaik for his party’s support.”