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The BJP’s candidate for president of India is Droupadi Murmu.

The BJP’s candidate for president of India is Droupadi Murmu.

The BJP’s candidate for president of India is Droupadi Murmu.

The BJP’s candidate for president of India is Droupadi Murmu. (credits: Google)

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  • Droupadi Murmu, 64, is a tribal leader from the state of Odisha.
  • She will face off against Yashwant Sinha, a seasoned politician and former leader of the BJP.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind’s tenure ends on July 24, and the victor will take his place.
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India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has picked Droupadi Murmu, a tribal leader, as its candidate for the upcoming presidential elections.

The former teacher, 64, from the state of Odisha (Orissa), spent decades with the BJP and served briefly as a state governor.

She would hold the position of president for the first time as a tribal leader.

The president in India is the leader of the state, but does not possess executive powers.

He or she is chosen by the members of the legislative bodies of the states and union territories that are governed by the federal government as well as both houses of parliament.

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According to analysts, the BJP has enough votes to guarantee the victory of its nominee.

She will make a “wonderful president,” according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who expressed his “confidence” in her.

Announcing her nomination on Tuesday at a meeting of the BJP’s parliamentary board, party president JP Nadda said Ms Murmu was picked after a lengthy discussion of 20 choices that the party and its allies had considered.

Ms Murmu said she discovered about her nomination from television and the news had “surprised” and “delighted” her.

After learning of her nomination, she told reporters, “As a tribal lady from a rural Mayurbhanj area, I had not thought about becoming the candidate for the highest post.

Political leaders in Odisha from all parties praised her nomination and called her a “daughter of the soil.” Ms. Murmu expressed “optimism” about receiving backing from all of the state’s elected lawmakers.

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In the elections, Ms. Murmu will face off against Yashwant Sinha, a seasoned politician and former leader of the BJP. When Atal Bihar Vajpayee was prime minister in the 1990s and the early 2000s, Mr. Sinha served as a senior minister in the BJP government. Mr. Sinha is now an outspoken opponent of the BJP and Mr. Modi.

His nomination came after Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Sharad Pawar, and Farooq Abdullah declined the opposition’s offer to run for the position.

On July 18, there will be a presidential election, and on July 21, the results will be announced.

President Ram Nath Kovind’s tenure ends on July 24, and the victor will take his place.

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