An official with knowledge of the matter told ANI that the CRPF has provided security to Murmu since Wednesday morning following an order from the Home Ministry on Tuesday evening. The move comes a day after the BJP on Tuesday nominated former Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu as the ruling National Democratic Alliance’s presidential candidate. If elected, the 64-year-old leader of Odisha will be the first tribal and second woman to become the President of India.
A grassroots politician, Murmu has several firsts to his name. She was the first woman and tribal leader of Odisha to be appointed as the governor of any state. She served as the governor of Jharkhand from 2015 to 2021, becoming the first governor to complete a term in the state.
She was also considering for the post of President in 2017 but was later cut short by Ram Nath Kovind.
His political career began when he contested and won the election for councilor in Rairangpur, Odisha. She later won the assembly election from Rairangpur in 2000 and became a minister in the BJD-BJP government in the state. He earned a lot of respect during his tenure as an MLA and Minister of State.
The BJP has fielded Murmu as its presidential candidate ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. 128 seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes in four states, of which the BJP won just 35 in the last assembly election. (ANI)
First published:22 June 2022 at 10:35 am