BJP-led NDA’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu today filed her nomination for the post in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP and coalition leaders ahead of the July 18 presidential election.
PM Modi proposed his name for nomination, which was supported by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.
The second set of proposers had chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, the third set were MLAs and MPs from Himachal and Haryana, and the fourth set consisted of MLAs and MPs from Gujarat.
Leaders of the YSR Congress and Biju Janata Dal – both non-NDA parties – were also in Parliament to support his nomination.
AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and M Thambidurai, JD(U)’s Rajeev Ranjan Singh were also present.
Each set of nominations should have 50 proposers and 50 seconders from among the elected representatives.
The first woman tribal leader to file her nomination for the country’s top constitutional post, is a veteran politician from Odisha with a vast background in education.
She is the former Governor of Jharkhand and former Minister of Odisha.
He will face opposition candidatein the presidential election.
If elected, Ms Murmu will be the first woman tribal leader and the second woman to hold the position. At 64, Ms Murmu will be the youngest ever President, second only to N Sanjiva Reddy, who was a few days older than her when she became the President.
The presidential election to elect the successor of current President Ram Nath Kovind will be held on July 18 and the result will be out on July 21.
President Ram Nath Kovind’s term ends on July 24.
With inputs from PTI