The stage is set for the 2022 presidential elections. The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has announced the candidacy of Draupadi Murmu. Draupadi Murmu, the presidential candidate of the BJP-led NDA, arrived in Delhi on Wednesday (June 23, 2022) to drop off the nomination papers today (June 24). She is Odisha’s first presidential candidate from a major political party or alliance.
The BJP has invited all its allies to join the nomination ceremony, including key ministers from NDA-led states.
Murmu is a two-time MP from Odisha who also served as a minister in the Biju Janata Dal (BJP) state government led by CM Naveen Patnaik. In the BJD-BJP coalition, Murmu served as Minister of State with independent charge for Trade and Transport from 2000 to 2002, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development from 2002 to 2004. She won the Neelkanth Award for Best Member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly in 2007. .
Murmu’s 2-decade political career began as an adviser. She later became Vice Chairperson of the Rairangpur National Advisory Board. She became a national executive member of BJP’s ST Morcha in 2013. In 2015, she became the first female governor of Jharkhand.
She studied arts at Rama Devi Women’s College in Bhubaneswar. She was a Junior Assistant in the Department of Irrigation and Electricity in the Government of Odisha. She was also an honorary assistant teacher at the Shri Aurobindo Integral Education Center in Rairangpur later in her life. She was married to the late Shyam Charan Murmu and had three children – a daughter and two sons. Murmu experienced a life marked by personal tragedies after losing her husband and two sons.
The Election Commission of India will hold the 2022 presidential elections on July 18 and the votes will be counted on July 21. The TSTIME for submitting applications is June 29.
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