Draupadi Murmu: 15th President of India (NDA Candidate)

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Draupadi Murmu is India’s 15th President, having won the presidential election by an overwhelming margin. Murmu became the first president to come from a tribal background. Draupadi Murmu was chosen for the Presidential Election by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the BJP. Since then, Draupadi Murmu has been in the news, and people have been discussing Murmu’s life journey.

Draupadi Murmu – 15th President of India

On Monday, nearly 4,800 elected MLAs and MPs voted to elect India’s 15th President. The polls were open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the parliament building and state legislative assemblies. According to Election Commission of India data, 100% of MLAs voted in Karnataka, MP, Manipur, Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Puducherry, Sikkim, and Tamil Nadu.

  • The 15th President of India will take the oath of office on July 25th, as President Ram Nath Kovind’s term ends on July 24th.
  • Draupadi Murmu of the NDA defeated opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha by a landslide.
  • Murmu will succeed Ram Nath Kovind as India’s 15th president.
  • After a 10-hour counting period, P C Mody declared Murmu had received 6,76,803 votes to Sinha’s 3,80,177 votes.
  • By emphasising the selection of the first Tribal woman for the presidential race, Narendra Modi’s government set a historical precedent.
  • All NDA leaders welcomed this masterstroke, and they are now overjoyed to see Murmu as India’s 15th President.

Journey of Draupadi Murmu

The 15th President of India is India’s first tribal woman presidential candidate. The NDA stunned everyone when it chose Murmu as its presidential candidate. Murmu, who is from the tribal community of Mayurbhaj in Odisha, began her career as a teacher before entering Odisha politics in 2015.

Murmu was Jharkhand’s first female governor, and she had the full support of the BJD because she was from Odisha. Murmu was born in the Odisha district of Mayurbanj in Baidaposi. She grew up in poverty in a tribal family, and her childhood was full of challenges and hardships. Despite all odds and living in impoverished areas, she was able to obtain a bachelor’s degree in arts from Ramadevi Women’s College.

Facts about Draupadi Murmu

The Important facts about Draupadi Murmu are mentioned below:

  • Murmu began her political career as the Vice-Chairman of Rairangpur NAC, and she served as an MLA for four years, from 2000 to 2004.
  • Murmu was awarded Nilkantha for outstanding service and was also portrayed as the best party worker and MLA.
  • She has worked in the Odisha government’s ministries of commerce, transportation, animal husbandry, and fisheries.
  • Despite coming from a poor family, Murmu’s family members were well-educated and held important positions in the village.
  • She was married to Shyam Charan Murmu and had two sons and one daughter.
  • Murmu serves society in various capacities as a member of the Santhal community, and she is now set to become the 15th President of India after serving as Governor of Jharkhand.

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