For Droupadi Murmu, running for President, A Show Of Strength Led by PM

New Delhi:

Droupadi Murmu, the BJP-led NDA’s pick for president, today filed her nomination for the post, with a host of ruling party and alliance leaders on hand to endorse her application.

Ms Murmu, 64, was accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior leaders of the ruling party, including BJP President JP Nadda, Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, several Chief Ministers, leaders of supporting parties accompanied Ms Murmu as she filed her nomination papers for the July 18 presidential election.

PM Modi, who was her first proposer, handed over the set of papers to Returning Officer P C Mody. The BJP had prepared four set of nominations for Murmu’s candidature.

Besides, YSR Congress’ V Vijaysai Reddy and BJD leader Sasmit Patra, who are not part of the alliance, were also in Parliament to back her nomination.

AIADMK leader O Paneerselvam and M Thambidurai, JD-U’s Rajiv Ranjan Singh also reached Parliament early.

Every set of nomination has to have 50 proposers and 50 seconders among elected representatives.

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.

She is the first presidential candidate from Odisha of a major political party or alliance. She was the first woman governor of Jharkhand. She served as Jharkhand Governor from 2015 to 2021.

The Opposition has fielded Yashwant Sinha, who is expected to file his nomination on June 27 following which he will travel across the country seeking votes in his favour for becoming the next President of India.

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

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