Meet Draupadi Murmu: The First Tribal President Of India

Draupadi Murmu, First Tribal President of India
Draupdi Murmu is all set to become the first Tribal President of India
Draupadi Murmu, First Tribal President of India
Draupdi Murmu is all set to become the first Tribal President of India

The former governor of Jharkhand, Droupadi Murmu, was named the NDA’s presidential candidate for the July 18, 2022, elections on June 21. The NDA is run by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a BJP Parliamentary Board meeting before to the announcement. In a news conference held after the board meeting, BJP Chief JP Nadda declared Murmu’s candidacy. On June 25, she will submit her nomination.

After the announcement, she told ANI, “I’m surprised. I struggled to accept it. I’m grateful, but I don’t want to say much. I will exercise whatever presidential powers are granted by the Constitution.

“Our work is to go to people, reach out to members of the Electoral College, and ask for their assistance,” she continued.

She went to the Shiva Temple in Rairangpur on Wednesday morning and cleaned the floor as part of her service before praying to Bhagwan Shiva. She had previously prayed at the Rairangpur Jagannath Temple and gone to a tribal shrine called “Jahira.”

According to reports, she has been given round-the-clock Z+ level security protection by armed members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Murmu has been in politics for almost 20 years. She was born on June 20, 1958, in the village of Uparbeda, district Mayurbhanj, to a Santal Tribal family.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Ramadevi Women’s College in Bhubaneswar and subsequently worked for the Odisha government from 1979 to 1983 as a Junior Assistant in the Irrigation and Power Department.

She began working as a teacher at the Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre in Rairangpur in 1994 and remained there till 1997. She married Shyam Charan Murmu and they had three children together. She lost her spouse and two boys. Itishri Murmu, her married daughter, lives in Bhubaneshwar and works at UCO Bank. Ganesh Hembram, Itishree’s husband, plays rugby, and the young couple has a little kid.

She was chosen to serve on the Rairangpur NAC in 1997 after being elected as a councillor. She was elected to the same constituency as an MLA.

He was appointed Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Transport and Commerce Department in the Odisha government in 2000, and he held that position till 2004, during which time the BJP was a coalition partner.

Murmu was on the national executive of the BJP’s ST Morcha from 2002 until 2009. From 2006 to 2009, she held the position of state president for the same. She worked as a national executive member of ST Morcha from 2013 to April 2015.

She held the position of Honorable Governor of Jharkhand from 2015 to 2021. She served as the state’s first female governor as well as the first female tribal chieftain to hold the position of governor in an Indian state.

Murmu received the “Neelkanth Award for Best MLA” from the Odisha Legislative Assembly in 2007.

Murmu will be India’s first tribal president once he is elected. After former President Pratibha Patil, who served as the President from 2007-2012, she will be the second female president.