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Andhra Chief Minister Supports Droupadi Murmu -By ASC

NDA candidate for presidential election Droupadi Murmu will file his nomination paper on Friday.


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday gave his support to NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu, who will be the first quarter woman to hold the post if she wins.

CM Jagan believes it is in line with the emphasis he has always placed on SC, ST, BC, and minority community representation, according to an official state government statement.

Over the past three years, CM Jagan has given great importance to the upliftment of these communities and even ensured that they are well represented in the cabinet, with them making up the largest share of 70 per cent.

However, the CM will not be able to attend the nomination filing by Draupadi Murmu due to the previously scheduled cabinet meeting. Instead, Rajya Sabha member and party parliamentary affairs leader Vijaysai Reddy and Lok Sabha member Midhun Reddy will be present, he added.

Earlier in the day, Ms Murmu arrived in Delhi and held meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP National President JP Nadda. Elections for the presidency will take place on July 18.

Droupadi Murmu will file his nomination paper on Friday.

He is the first presidential candidate from Odisha from a major political party or alliance. She continued to break barriers and was the first female governor of Jharkhand. He served as Governor of Jharkhand from 2015 to 2021.

Hailing from a poor tribal family in the village of Mayurbhanj, a backward district in Odisha, Droupadi Murmu completed his studies despite challenging circumstances. He teaches at the Shri Aurobindo Integration Education Center, Rairangpur.

He started his political career as vice chairman of NAC Rairangpur. Droupadi Murmu was a member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly from Rairangpur between 2000 and 2004. As a minister, he holds the portfolios of Transport and Trade, Livestock and Fisheries. He again served as MLA in the Odisha assembly from 2004 to 2009.

In 2007, the Odisha assembly honored him with the ‘Nilakantha Award’ for best MLA. He served as a junior assistant in the Department of Irrigation and Energy between 1979 and 1983. He has held several organizational positions in the BJP and was the state vice president of ST Morcha in 1997.

Droupadi Murmu was the national executive member of ST Morcha BJP from 2013 to 2015 and served as the district head of BJP Mayurbhanj (West) in 2010 and 2013. Between 2006 and 2009, he was the head of ST Morcha BJP in Odisha. He was a national executive member of BJP ST Morcha from 2002 to 2009.

Voting for the next President of India will start on July 18 while the counting will take place on July 21.

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