Hours after being announced as the presidential candidate of the centre-ruling BJP-led NDA alliance, former Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu has offered prayers in a temple at her native place of Rairangpur, Odisha and before worshipping, she had swept the temple floor. The development has become the talk of the nation as the visuals from the temple have been going viral.
Reacting to her conduct, several people have lauded her simplicity and wished her the best tenure ahead as she is most likely going to become India's next President with many firsts. The BJP has on Tuesday announced that the party has chosen Droupadi Murmu (64) as its Presidential candidate. The announcement has gained nationwide attention with the widespread foresight that the country would welcome its first Adivasi and second woman president.
If elected, Murmu would be the first President born after independence and with BJP's good numbers in the Parliament and in the state assemblies, Murmu is getting close to the victory line. After nominating Murmu for the post of President, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said she has devoted her life to serving society and expressed confidence that she will be a great President.
Prime Minister Modi said, "Droupadi Murmu Ji has devoted her life to serving society and empowering the poor, downtrodden as well as marginalized. She has rich administrative experience and had an outstanding gubernatorial tenure. I am confident she will be a great President of our nation." While addressing the reporters on Tuesday, BJP's JP Nadda said that around twenty names were discussed by the party leadership for the presidential candidate before picking Murmu. He further said that the ruling party wanted a consensus choice for the next President but it could not happen as the Opposition went ahead by naming its own candidate.
Addressing the reporters after being nominated for the top role, Droupadi Murmu said, "I am surprised. I wasn't able to believe it. I am thankful and do not wish to speak much. Whatever powers are there of a President in the Constitution, I will work accordingly. There are candidates. Our work's to go to people, reach out to members of the electoral college & seek their cooperation. I'll request all parties & states for support." Wishes have been pouring in for Murmu from across the nation.
She will be filing her nomination on June 24 and the last date for filing the nomination is June 29. Murmu married Shyam Charan Murmu and the couple had two sons and a daughter. Murmu's husband and her two sons had passed away and she is living with her daughter. If elected, she will be the 15th President of India. Murmu has joined the race to the Raisina Hill and she brings in a vast political and constitutional experience through her nearly three-decade political career.
Murmu is a prominent leader of the Tribal community that is far-flung in parts of Central India. Born on June 20, 1958, Mayurbhanj, Murmu had political affiliation with the BJP and she went on to become the first Governor of Jharkhand to complete the five-year term since its creation in 2000. She has served as the ninth Governor of Jharkhand from 2015 to 2021. She was in the race for President in 2017 when the BJP has chosen Ram Nath Kovind as its pick. The central ruling BJP-led NDA has now nominated Murmu for the post of President of India and she is the first tribal to win the top nomination.