Bhubaneswar: I am surprised as well as happy by the announcement, reacted Draupadi Murmu after she was named as the Presidential candidate of the BJP-led NDA.
While speaking to Kalinga TV, Draupadi Murmu, who is from Odisha’s Mayurbhanj distirct, said, I am surprised as well as happy by the announcement. I came to know about my candidature through the television only.”
“President is a constitutional position, and I will uphold its dignity if elected. I will stay away completely from politics and work for the people of the country,” she added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that she will be a great President of the nation. “Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has devoted her life to serving society and empowering the poor, the downtrodden as well as the marginalised. She has rich administrative experience and had an outstanding gubernatorial tenure. I am confident she will be a great President of our nation,” he said on his Twitter handle.
“Millions of people, especially those who have experienced poverty and faced hardships, derive great strength from the life of Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji. Her understanding of policy matters and compassionate nature will greatly benefit our country,” he added.
Likewise, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik among others who congratulated her for being named as the candidate of the BJP-led NDA. “Congratulations Smt #DraupadiMurmu on being announced as candidate of NDA for the country’s highest office. I was delighted when Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji discussed this with me. It is indeed a proud moment for people of #Odisha,” he wrote adding that I am sure Smt Murmu will set a shining example for women empowerment in the country.
I am sure Smt Murmu will set a shining example for women empowerment in the country.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 21, 2022
If elected, she will be the first tribal President of India and the second female President after Pratibha Patil.
On the other hand, Yashwant Sinha, a former Union Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government has been announced as the Opposition candidate for Presidential elections 2022.