Draupadi Murmu, a female tribal leader, is the BJP government’s choice for the presidential race. The decision was taken at the BJP parliamentary council meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Addressing the press conference, BJP President JP Nadda said that after extensive discussions with NDA allies, it was considered that the presidential candidate should come from the eastern part of India and should be a tribal candidate.
Born on June 20, 1958, Murmu served as Governor of Jharkhand from 2015 to 2021.
Coming from the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha and coming from a tribal community, Murmu started out as a teacher and later entered Odisha politics. He became an MLA twice on the BJP ticket from Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj (2000 and 2009).
During the coalition government of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha, she was Minister of State with Independent Position for Trade and Transport from March 6, 2000 to August 6, 2002 and Fisheries and Animal Resources Development from August 6, 2002 to January 16, 2004.
In 2013, he rose to the rank of National Executive Member of the party’s ST Morcha. A graduate of the arts from Rama Devi-Bhubaneswar Women’s College, she spent nearly two decades in politics and social work.
She began her political career by winning as a councilor and becoming vice president of Rairangpur, Odisha, in 1997. In the same year, she was elected state vice president of ST Morcha of the BJP.
Draupadi Murmu administered several ministries in Odisha such as Transport and Commerce. She also served in various departments such as fisheries, livestock, etc.