President Election 2022: NDA's Droupadi Murmu calls up key opposition leaders before filing nomination

Droupadi Murmu, the candidate of the BJP-led NDA for the upcoming President Election 2022, called up key opposition leaders including Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee before filing her nomination.

President Election 2022: NDAs Droupadi Murmu calls up key opposition leaders before filing nomination
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The candidate for the BJP-led NDA, Droupadi Murmu met key opposition leaders including Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee before filing her nomination for the President Election 2022. (Image Credit: ANI)

President Election 2022: Ahead of filing her nomination for the upcoming President Election 2022 as the candidate of the BJP-led NDA, Droupadi Murmu approached key opposition leaders on Friday and sought their support.

Those she called up included Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee.

According to a report by news agency PTI, Droupadi Murmu personally called up the opposition leaders and asked for their support before filing her nomination.

Former BJP leader and union minister Yashwant Sinha, who later went on to joint the Trinamool Congress (TMC), is the joint candidate of the opposition parties for the President Election 2022 which is scheduled to be held on July 18.

Later on Friday, Droupadi Murm filed her nomination papers at the Parliament Library Building in the national capital Delhi.

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposed Droupadi Murmu for the nomination, which Defence Minister Rajnath Singh seconded.

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

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

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