BJP names former Jharkhand governor Droupadi Murmu as its Presidential candidate
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday announced Droupadi Murmu as the NDA’s presidential candidate. The announcement was made by Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda after the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Hindustan Times reported.
“For the first time, preference has been given to a woman tribal candidate. We announce Droupadi Murmu as NDA’s candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections,” Nadda said.
The tribal leader served as the Jharkhand governor between 2015 and 2021. If elected, she will be the first tribal woman to occupy the top constitutional post. She will be contesting the presidential polls against UPA presidential nominee Yashwant Sinha, whose candidature was announced earlier in the day.
The Presidential elections will be held on July 18 and the counting of votes, if needed, will be conducted on July 21. The last date of nomination has been set for June 29. The new president has to be sworn in by July 25. President Ram Nath Kovind’s tenure ends on July 24.
“A total of 4,809 electors to vote in the Presidential elections 2022. No political party can issue a whip to its members,” chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar had said.
The president of India is elected indirectly by the votes cast by an electoral college. This electoral college comprises the 776 members of Parliament (both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) and the members of legislative assemblies, with a total of 4,809 votes being cast. The value of the votes of the members of assemblies combined is 543,231 and the MPs is 543,200, equaling a value of 1,086,431.
The nominated members of either Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha or legislative assemblies of the states are not eligible to be included in the electoral college and therefore, they are not entitled to participate in the election.