Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Union ministers and BJP leaders Gen VK Singh (Retd), Bhupender Yadav and Giriraj Singh and BJD leader Dr Sasmit Patra were also present at the Parliament building during the nomination filing.
#JustIn NDA’s Presidential candidate #DroupadiMurmu files her nomination today in the presence of PM Modi, Union… https://t.co/GDdGXOjhT4
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) 1656054708000
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is tipped to be her first proposer. The BJP has prepared four set of nominations for Murmu’s candidature. Besides the Prime Minister, senior Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda are the signatories on the nomination papers.
Delhi | NDA’s Presidential candidate #DroupadiMurmu files her nomination in the presence of PM Modi, Union cabinet… https://t.co/Wma3Mcn8on
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) 1656054875000
Earlier on Tuesday, BJP chief JP Nadda declared Murmu’s candidature after a meeting of the party’s parliamentary board approved what is widely considered to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s choice for Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Droupadi Murmu arrives at the Parliament ahead of filing her nomination
A relatively unknown name in national politics, Murmu has been a minister in the Odisha government between March, 2000 and May 2004, during the BJP-BJD rule.
A Santhal tribal by birth, she was elected MLA from Odisha’s Rairangpur assembly constituency in 2000 and 2004 on a BJP ticket.
She was appointed the first woman governor of Jharkhand in May 2015, and remained in the post for over six years.
Murmu: Best remembered for non-partisan role as governor
I am confident Droupadi Murmu will be a great President: PM
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Murmu has devoted her life to serving society and expressed confidence that she will be a “great President”.
“Droupadi Murmu Ji has devoted her life to serving society and empowering the poor, downtrodden as well as the marginalised,” Modi said on Twitter.
Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has devoted her life to serving society and empowering the poor, downtrodden as well as the… https://t.co/2i9FBQpWIC
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1655828534000
She has rich administrative experience and had an outstanding gubernatorial tenure, he said.
“I am confident she will be a great President of our nation,” Modi said.
Surprised, delighted, says Murmu
Droupadi Murmu on her nomination said she is optimistic about getting the support of all MLAs and MPs from Odisha cutting across party lines as she is the daughter of the soil.
“I am surprised as well as delighted. As a tribal woman from remote Mayurbhanj district, I had not thought of becoming the candidate for the top post,” Murmu said.
She said the NDA government’s decision to nominate a tribal woman for the top post is a reflection of the BJP’s slogan of “sabka saath, sabka vikas aur sabka vishwas”
Murmu meets PM, Shah ahead of filing nomination papers
Droupadi Murmu met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Amit Shah on Thursday ahead of filing her nomination papers for the post.
Met Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji. Her Presidential nomination has been appreciated across India by all sections of societ… https://t.co/cyH5Xf1l9y
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1655974452000
She also met a host of other leaders, including defence minister Rajnath Singh and BJP president J P Nadda besides Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
Odisha CM extends support to ‘daughter of the soil’
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has also appealed to all MLAs of the state to support the daughter of the soil in the July 18 presidential polls.
“BJP President Shri @JPNadda Ji spoke to me about the filing of nomination of Smt #DraupadiMurmu Ji for #PresidentElections. My cabinet colleagues Shri @saraka_fan and Smt@TukuniSahu will sign nomination papers today and attend the event tomorrow,” the BJD chief, who is currently on an official foreign tour to Italy, said on Twitter.
Congratulations Smt #DraupadiMurmu on being announced as candidate of NDA for the country’s highest office. I was d… https://t.co/HKrBOpmOc7
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) 1655831999000
He had earlier congratulated Murmu on her selection as the NDA candidate, saying he was delighted when PM Modi discussed the matter with him.
With the support of Naveen Patnaik’s party, Murmu has around 52 percent votes (around 5,67,000 votes) out of a total of 10,86,431 votes of all electors.
This includes 3,08,000 votes of MPs of the BJP and its allies. The BJD has around 32,000 votes in the electorate which is around 2.9 percent of the total.
Nitish Kumar supports Droupadi Murmu
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his party JD(U) has welcomed the candidature of Droupadi Murmu for the post of country’s President.
Nitish said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called him on Tuesday to inform that Murmu was being made the NDA candidate for the President’s post.
“Heartiest thanks to the PM for selecting a tribal woman who has proven her mettle as a minister in Odisha and also during her gubernatorial stint in Jharkhand,” Nitish said in a statement.
Murmu is ‘suitable’ and ‘competent’ candidate for President: Deve Gowda
JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda termed Droupadi Murmu, as “suitable’ and “non controversial”.
The former Prime Minister said he doesn’t want to refer Murmu as merely a tribal candidate, but wants to say that she is “competent” for the post of the President.
“I don’t want to go into details on the reasons why BJP has made her (Murmu) the candidate. Several names were floated. First meeting (of opposition parties) I attended with Sharad Pawar. But the point is, in my opinion the candidate that was selected (by BJP) is really one of the suitable candidates,” Gowda said.
Meanwhile, the Opposition has fielded former Union minister Yashwant Sinha as its joint candidate for the presidential post.
June 29 is the last date for candidates to file papers. Voting is scheduled for July 18 and counting on July 21.