- Droupadi Murmu will compete against Opposition's Yashwant Sinha
- Murmu, if elected, will become the first person from Odisha to occupy the top constitutional post
- There is strong possibility of Murmu getting elected as numbers are in favour of BJP-led NDA
President Election 2022 news: Droupadi Murmu, the ruling BJP-led NDA's presidential candidate, on Friday filed her nomination papers at the Parliament in the presence of a galaxy of top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Ramdas Athawale, Anupriya Patel and others.
Besides, Chief Ministers of NDA-ruled states (Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Pushkar Singh Dhami, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Manohar Lal Khattar, Pramod Sawant, Bhupendra Patel, Basavaraj Bommai, Yogi Adityanath and others), BJP's national president JP Nadda, leaders of NDA constituents and those backing Murmu's candidature were also present on the occasion.
Murmu's nomination papers were prepared by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi. PM Modi, senior ministers Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda were among her proposers. Union ministers and senior BJP leaders signed as proposers.
Murmu (64), a tribal leader, hails from Odisha. She was a member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly for 9 years between 2000 and 2009. She also served as the 9th Governor of Jharkhand from 2015 to 2021.
Several non-NDA constituents Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of Naveen Patnaik and YSRCP of Jagan Mohan Reddy have announced to back Murmu's candidature, thus placing her in a comfortable position to score an easy win over the opposition's candidate Yashwant Sinha.
The polling to elect the next President of India will take place on July 18 while counting, if needed, on July 21. If elected, she will be the first tribal President of India and the second woman in the post.