President Election 2022: NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu files nomination; PM Modi, top BJP leaders present

Draupadi Murmu, the first woman tribal leader to file her nomination for the President Election, is a seasoned politician from Odisha. She is the candidate of the BJP-led NDA for the upcoming President Election 2022.

President Election 2022: NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu files nomination; PM Modi, top BJP leaders present
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Droupadi Murmu outside Parliament after filing her nomination for the President Election 2022 in the presence of top leaders of the BJP-led NDA including PM Mosi, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Yogi Adityanath and others. (Image Credit: ANI) 

President Election 2022: Droupadi Murmu, the candidate of the BJP-led NDA for the upcoming presidential polls, filed her nomination papers at the Parliament Library Building in the national capital Delhi on Friday.

Several members of the top BJP leadership, including PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP National President JP Nadda, Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were present on the occassion.

BJP leaders Gen VK Singh (Retd), Bhupender Yadav, Giriraj Singh, were also present at the Parliament during her nomination filing along with the chief ministers of all BJP-ruled states including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

NDA partners Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leader V Vijayasai Reddy and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Tukuni Sahu, BJJD MP Dr Sasmit Patra and Jagannath Saraka were also present.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed Droupadi Murmu for the nomination, it was seconded by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

The chief ministers of BJP-ruled states were the second set of proposers while the MLAs and MPs from Himachal Pradesh and Haryana were the third proposers. The MLAs and MPs from Gujarat were the fourth set of proposers.

Draupadi Murmu, the first woman tribal leader to file her nomination for the top constitutional post of the country, is a seasoned politician from Odisha coupled with an extensive background in the field of academics reflects that she will uplift the tribal sections of the country.

Droupadi Murmu, who was declared BJP-led NDA's presidential candidate, is a former Governor of Jharkhand and a former Odisha minister.

She will face opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in the presidential contest on July 18. If elected, she will be the first tribal President of India and the country's second female President.

Droupadi Murmu is the first presidential candidate from Odisha of a major political party or alliance. She continues to break barriers and was the first woman governor of Jharkhand. She served as Jharkhand Governor from 2015 to 2021.

Born in a poor tribal family in a village of Mayurbhanj, a backward district in Odisha, Droupadi Murmu completed her studies despite challenging circumstances. She taught at Shri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, Rairangpur.

Born on June 20, 1958, she pursued BA at Ramadevi Women's College Bhubaneswar.

She started her political career as Rairangpur NAC vice-chairman. Droupadi Murmu was a member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Rairangpur between 2000 and 2004. As a minister, she held portfolios of Transport and Commerce, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries. She again served as MLA in the Odisha assembly from 2004 to 2009.

In 2007, the Odisha assembly honoured her with the 'Nilakantha Award' for best MLA.

She served as a junior assistant in Irrigation and Power Department between 1979 and 1983.

She has held several organisational posts in BJP and was vice president of state ST Morcha in 1997.

Droupadi Murmu was a national executive member of BJP's ST Morcha from 2013 to 2015 and served as BJP district chief of Mayurbhanj (West) in 2010 and 2013.

Between 2006 and 2009, she was chief of BJP's ST Morcha in Odisha. She was a member of the national executive of BJP ST Morcha from 2002 to 2009.

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