DroupadiMurmu may become India’s First Tribal and Second Female President
- DroupadiMurmu, an Odisha-based Santhal, as its nominee for the highest constitutional position, India may ultimately elect its first tribal president. After the legislative board of the party endorsed what is widely seen as Prime Minister NarendraModi’s pick for RashtrapatiBhavan, BJP leader JP Nadda announced Murmu’s candidacy.
- If elected, Murmu will become the second woman to hold the office of President following UPA supporter PratibhaPatil (2007–12).
- Murmu is the front-runner to succeed incumbent RamnathKovind, a Dalit from UP, in RashtrapatiBhavan after the July 18 elections, as the BJP-led NDA is confident in making up the shortfall with the help of regional players like BJD’s Naveen Patnaik and YSRCP’s Jagan Mohan Reddy — the chief ministers of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, respectively.
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Published date : 22 Jun 2022 06:11PM