May 04, 2022
Former Jharkhand governor and Odisha BJP leader Draupadi Murmu’s name is at the forefront for the next president of India. The ruling party’s good show in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur has put the BJP-led NDA in a comfortable position, but it is short of a majority so it would want a candidate, whom opposition parties could support.
According to the reports, Murmu, fits the bill perfectly for the BJP, as she is not only a well-known tribal leader but an able administrator which she has proved in her tenure as Jharkhand’s governor. Murmu’s candidature will also get support from Naveen Patnaik led BJD in the presidential elections as she has worked as a minister in the BJD and BJP coalition government in Odisha and still shares a cordial relationship with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Patnaik, who was recently on a three-day visit to Delhi after being questioned if he would prefer a consensus candidate for the top constitutional position of the country, stated that it’s still early and the party will take a decision after the candidates are finalized. So, if Murmu will be the BJP candidate then BJD is likely to support her.
Murmu is quite popular among the top brass of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and also shares a cordial bond with everyone. During her term as Jharkhand’s governor, Murmu was liked by both the ruling party and the opposition. Murmu’s candidature will also likely gain the support of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) as JMM’s supremo Sibu Soren and Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren have a warm relationship with her.
If Draupadi succeeds Ram Nath Kovid, she will be the first Odia and first tribal person to hold the topmost constitutional post.
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