Odisha’s Draupadi Murmu to be NDA’s Presidential Candidate
Bhubaneswar: Draupadi Murmu, a tribal leader from Odisha and the former Governor of Jharkhand, has been elected as the BJP’s candidate for the post of President.
She has been pitched against former Union minister Yashwant Sinha, who has been named as the opposition candidate.
If elected, the 64-year-old Murmu will be the first tribal woman to become the President of India.
A native of Baidaposi village of Mayurbhanj district, she belongs to the Santal tribe, an ethnic tribal group of Odisha,
She started her political career as a councilor of Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat in 1997.
She has been a two-time BJP legislator from Odisha. She was a minister in the Naveen Patnaik cabinet during Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition government in Odisha.