Draupadi Murmu, BJP’s Pick For Next President?

Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murumu is on top priority list prepared by BJP for Next President of India.

New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi has already kept option of the name Draupadi Murmu as President even though the BJP panel is seriously considering names including that of Najma Hepthullah.

According to highly placed source of BJP from New Delhi, choosing Murmu as President has lots of advantages for BJP. Main reason is Tribal trump card which will push opposition into trouble making it difficult to vote against her and if she wins, she will be the first Adivasi President of India.

Draupadi Murmu, who hails from Odisha state, is the tribal face of the BJP in Mayurbhanj District of Odisha. She took charge as Governor of Jharkhand two years ago and became the first woman from Odisha to become Governor.

Prior to that, she held many portfolios in Naveen Patnaik led Biju Janatha Dal Government. She was chosen as best MLA and was felicitated with Nilkantha award.

BJP will fetch if it files Murmu as candidate hoping to counter opposition allegations of the NDA Government of being anti-tribal. At present scenario, Murmu’s name is almost finalised for Presidential candidate, but we can’t say as BJP is known to spring a surprise.

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BJP To Announce Its Presidential Candidate In A Week

As the Election Commission issued notification for Presidential elections on Wednesday, the BJP said that it would announce its candidate in a week.

New Delhi: As the process of filing nominations for the Presidential election began on Wednesday with Election Commission issuing notification, the BJP and its allies announced that they would reveal their candidate in a week.

Meanwhile, the Opposition which met separately indicated that it would announce its candidate basing on the government’s announcement regarding the candidate.

The BJP top leaders met in Delhi on Wednesday and were briefed on the Presidential election by Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh, along with Aruna Jaitley formed a committee tasked to consult other parties- including the opposition and allies- on who would make a good successor to President Pranab Mukherjee.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for the United States on June 24, so the government would want to announce its choice before that.

While the BJP was finalising its strategy, opposition leaders like Sharad Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, Derek O’Brien and Ghulam Nabi Azad met to review how they would like to proceed. Opposition heavyweights like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have said their preference would be for the government to name a candidate who is acceptable across party lines, which would make an election unnecessary.

Just in case a consensus is not managed, voting has been set for July 17 with counting on July 20.

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