The BJP on Tuesday named Draupadi Murmu, a tribal chief of the occasion from Odisha, as its candidate for the July 18 presidential election. The choice on the identify was taken on the occasion’s parliamentary board assembly chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari, BJP president J P Nadda and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, moreover Modi, had been a part of the deliberations on the occasion headquarters.
Murmu (64), a former Jharkhand governor, would be the first tribal girl to occupy the highest constitutional submit if she is elected, a robust chance as numbers are stacked within the favour of the BJP-led NDA.
Shah, Singh and Nadda met Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu earlier within the day, sparking buzz that he could also be thought-about for the highest constitutional place.
Earlier immediately, the Opposition introduced former Union minister Yashwant Sinha as its joint candidate for the highest Constitutional submit. The veteran politician, who has ”stepped apart” from the Trinamool Congress and was earlier with the BJP, will file his nomination papers on June 27.
Sinha’s identify got here up after Pawar, Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Farooq Abdullah declined the opposition provide to be their joint candidate for the highest submit. Their names had been proposed throughout the conferences of opposition events on the problem.
Because the tenure of President Ram Nath Kovind involves an finish on July 24, 2022, an election to fill the place of the sixteenth President of India might be held on July 18. The polls will witness 4,809 electors, together with MPs and MLAs, voting to elect President Kovind’s successor.
Within the final election in 2017, Ram Nath Kovind turned the President after defeating joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar. Kovind polled 7,02,000 votes in contrast with Kumar’s 3,67,000, out of a complete of 10,69,358 votes.