Droupadi Murmu, the BJP-led NDA’s pick for president, today filed her nomination for the post in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP and alliance leaders, in a big show of strength ahead of the July 18 presidential election.
PM Modi proposed her name for the nomination, which was seconded by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
The second set of proposers were the chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, the third proposers were MLAs and MPs from Himachal and Haryana and the fourth set were MLAs and MPs from Gujarat.
Leaders of YSR Congress and Biju Janta Dal – both non-NDA parties- were also in Parliament to back her nomination.
AIADMK leader O Paneerselvam and M Thambidurai, JD-U’s Rajiv Ranjan Singh were also present.
Every set of nomination has to have 50 proposers and 50 seconders among elected representatives.
Draupadi Murmu, the first woman tribal leader to file her nomination for the top constitutional post of the country, is a seasoned politician from Odisha with an extensive background in the field of academics.
She is a former Governor of Jharkhand and a former Odisha minister.
She will face opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in the presidential contest.
If elected, Ms Murmu will be the first woman tribal leader and the second woman in the post. At 64, Ms Murmu will also be the youngest president ever, second only to N Sanjeeva Reddy, who was a few days elder to her when he became the President.
The presidential election would be held on July 18 to elect a successor to the current President Ram Nath Kovind and the result would be out on July 21.
President Ram Nath Kovind’s term will end on July 24.
With inputs from PTI