Draupadi Murmu, a tribal leader and former Jharkhand Governor, has been named as BJP-led NDA’s choice for the next 16th President of India. The announcement was made by BJP chief JP Nadda after the party’s parliamentary meeting attended by PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah among other leaders in Delhi.
Nadda said,”For the first time, preference has been given to a woman tribal candidate. We announce Draupadi Murmu as NDA’s candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections.”
“BJP parliamentary board discussed 20 names for presidential nominee, it was decided to pick someone from east India, a tribal and woman,” he added.
If elected, Draupadi Murmu will be India’s first tribal and second-ever female President.
She belongs to the Schedule Tribe community. She is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. She is the first governor of Jharkhand to complete the five year term (2015-2021), since its formation in the year 2000.