Former Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu has been named as the National Democratic Alliance’s presidential candidate.
Former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha was chosen as the joint Opposition candidate for the 2018 presidential elections earlier in the day.
“Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has devoted her life to serving society and empowering the poor, downtrodden as well as the marginalised. She has rich administrative experience and had an outstanding gubernatorial tenure. I am confident she will be a great President of our nation,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted after the NDA’s presidential candidate was announced.
ABOUT DROUPADI MURMU:
In the year 2015, Droupadi Murmu was sworn in as Jharkhand’s first female governor. She is an Odisha native from the Santhal tribe. Murmu began his career as a teacher before entering politics in Odisha in 1997.
Droupadi Murmu was elected to the Rairangpur constituency twice, in 2000 and 2009, after serving as vice-president of the BJP’s Scheduled Tribes Morcha.
Between 2000 and 2004, Droupadi Murmu served as a minister in the BJD-BJP coalition government in Odisha, first in the Commerce and Transport department and then in the Fisheries and Animal Resources department.