The BJP on Tuesday named Draupadi Murmu, the tribal leader of the Odisha party, as its candidate for the July 18th presidential election. The decision on the name was made at a meeting of the party’s parliamentary board, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnat Singh and Nitin Gadkari, BJP President JP Nadda and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chuhan, in addition to Modi, were part of the debate at party headquarters.
Murmu, 64, a former governor of Jharkhand, will be the first woman in the tribe to hold the top constitutional post if elected, a big option as the numbers are in favor of the BJP-led NDA.
Shah, Singh and Nadda with Vice President Venkaya Naidu earlier in the day, sparking rumors that he could be considered the highest constitutional post.
Earlier in the day, the opposition announced former Union Minister Jaswant Sinha as a joint candidate for the top post in the Constitution. The veteran politician, who “retired” from the Trinamul Congress and was previously in the BJP, will submit his nomination documents on June 27th.
Sinha’s name came after Pavar, Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Farouk Abdullah rejected the opposition’s offer to be their joint candidate for the top post. Their names were suggested during meetings of opposition parties on the issue.
As the term of President Ram Nat Kovind expires on July 24, 2022, elections for the position of the 16th President of India will be held on July 18. The polls will cast 4,809 voters, including lawmakers and lawmakers electing a successor to President Covind.
In the last election in 2017, Ram Nat Kovind became president after defeating joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar. Covind garnered 7,022 votes, compared to Kumar’s 3,670, out of a total of 10,669,358 votes.