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Draupadi Murmu elected first tribal President of India, the second woman in this seat©

by Narges Mohammadi

According to Jahanbanou, India’s presidential nominee Droupadi Murmu on Thursday became the first tribal woman to be elected as president of India by defeating her rival, opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha, by a margin of 947 votes, bagging 64.03 percent of the electoral college votes against Sinha’s share of 35.97 percent.

Murmu, 64, is only the second former member of Bhartiya Janata Party after president Ram Nath Kovind, to be elected as president. She bagged votes from a total of 2,824 electors, including 540 MPs, while Sinha won the support of1,877 electors, including 208 MP’s.

Droupadi Murmu was born in a Santali family on June 20, 1958, in Baidaposi area of Rairangpur from Mayurbhanj district in Odisha, to Biranchi Narayan Tudu. Her father and grandfather were traditional heads of the village council. Murmu is an arts graduate of Rama Devi Women’s College.

She married Shyam Charan Murmu, a banker, who died in 2014. The couple had two sons, both of whom are dead, and a daughter, Itishri Murmu. She lost her husband, two sons, mother, and a brother in a span of 7 years, from 2009 to 2015. She is a follower of the Brahma Kumaris sect.

She worked as a junior assistant at irrigation department Government of Odisha from 1979 to 1983. She then worked as a teacher at the school Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre, Rairangpur and taught Hindi, Odia, Maths, Geography.

Droupadi Murmu joined the Bhartiya Janata Party in Rairangpur. In 1997 she was elected as the councilor of the Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat.

During the BJP and BJD coalition government in Odisha, she was the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Commerce and Transportation from March 6, 2000, to August 6, 2002, and Fisheries and Animal Resources Development from August 6, 2002, to May 16, 2004.

In 2009, she lost the Lok Sabha election from Mayurbhanj constituency as the BJD and BJP alliance had ended. In June 2022, the BJP nominated Murmu as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s presidential candidate for the 2022 election. She got elected in July 2022, becoming the country’s youngest president, the first to be born after India’s independence and the first person belonging to India’s scheduled tribes to become the President.

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