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Who is Draupadi Murmu? First Tribal Woman Ever Nominated for Presidential Election

The competition for the presidential seat has now begun in India. And this time, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has nominated a tribal woman from Odisha, Draupadi Murmu as their presidential candidate. If she gets elected, she will become the first tribal person to be the President of India. So, if you don’t know who is Draupadi Murmu, then you are on the right page. 

Here we have discussed all about her background, political career and some interesting facts. 

Who is Draupadi Murmu?

Who is Draupadi Murmu
via: India Today

Draupadi Murmu is an Indian politician and a former Governor of Jharkhand. She is the only one who served her full five-year tenure to the state from 2015 to 2021. And now, the BJP-led NDA (National Democratic Alliance) nominated her as the ruling candidate for the presidential election. 

Talking about her early life, Draupadi was born on 20th June 1958 in Baidaposi village of Mayurbhanj district, Odisha. Her father’s name was Biranchi Narayan Tudu who was a village headman under Panchayati Raj System. 

Draupadi was married to Shyam Charan Murmu and had three children, two sons and one daughter. Unfortunately, she lost her both sons. Now she only has one daughter whose name is Itishri Murmu.

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Draupadi Murmu Political Career

Who is Draupadi Murmu?
via: India Ahead

Draupadi entered politics as a councillor in the Rairangpur district of Odisha in 1997. In the same year, she upgraded her position to the Vice-Chairperson of Rairangpur. Later in the 2000 assembly election, she was elected from the same constituency and appointed to the Department of Transport and Commerce till 2002.

After this, Murmu was assigned as the district president of BJP for the Mayurbhanj district and served from 2002 and 2015. During this tenure, she also worked as MLA of Rairangpur, State president of Scheduled Tribe Morcha in 2006, etc.  In 2015, Draupadi was elected as the Governor of Jharkhand. 

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Some Interesting Things to Know About Draupadi Murmu

Who is Draupadi Murmu
via: Prokerala

1. Draupadi Murmu was the first woman Governor of Jharkhand state. Apart from that, she was the first Governor of an Indian state who belongs to the Scheduled Tribe. 

2. Before entering into politics, Draupadi worked as an assistant professor at Shri Aurobindo Integral Education and Research, Rairangpur. She also joined the Irrigation department of Odisha as a Junior Assistant. 

3. In 2007, the Legislative Assembly of Odisha honoured her with the “Nilakantha Award” for being the best MLA of the year. 

4. After getting elected as the district president of BJP in 2002, she retained her position three consecutive times.

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