Highlights

  • Draupadi Murmu, ex-Jharkhand governor is NDA's Presidential candidate
  • Murmu is a tribal leader from Odisha
  • If elected, she will be India's first tribal President

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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 chief JP Nadda

The BJP parliamentary board on Tuesday named Draupadi Murmu, a tribal leader of the party from Odisha, as the ruling NDA's candidate for the presidential election.

BJP president J P Nadda announced her name at a press conference following a meeting of the party top brass.

Murmu (64), a former Jharkhand governor, will be the first tribal woman to occupy the top constitutional post if she is elected, a strong possibility as numbers are stacked in the favour of the BJP-led NDA.

Opposition had earlier announced Yashwant Sinha as its joint candidate for the post. The poll is slated for July 18.

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