The BJP on Tuesday nominated Draupadi Murmu, a tribal leader from the party in Odisha, as its candidate for the July 18 presidential election. The decision on the name was taken during the party’s parliamentary council meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, BJP Chairman JP Nadda and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, along with Modi took part in the deliberations at the party headquarters.
Murmu (64), a former governor of Jharkhand, will be the first tribal woman to hold the top constitutional post if elected, a strong possibility as the numbers are stacked in favor of the BJP-led NDA.
Shah, Singh and Nadda met Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu earlier today, sparking buzz that he may be considered for the top constitutional post.
Earlier in the day, the opposition announced former Union minister Yashwant Sinha as its co-candidate for the top constitutional post. The veteran politician, who ‘withdrew’ from the Trinamool Congress and was previously with the BJP, will file his candidacy papers on June 27.
Sinha’s name emerged after Pawar, Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Farooq Abdullah declined the opposition’s offer to be their joint candidate for the top job. Their names were proposed during meetings of opposition parties on the issue.
As President Ram Nath Kovind’s term ends on July 24, 2022, an election to fill the post of India’s 16th President will be held on July 18. The polls will see 4,809 voters, including MPs and MPs, cast their ballots to elect President Kovind’s successor.
In the last elections in 2017, Ram Nath Kovind became president after defeating common opposition candidate Meira Kumar. Kovind received 7,02,000 votes against 3,67,000 for Kumar, out of a total of 10,69,358 votes.
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