Draupadi Murmu Files for Presidential Election: How Will BJP Reap Political Dividends with Its Candidacy?

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Murmu, from Odisha, will be India’s youngest president if elected on July 18. (ANI)

New Delhi: NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu filed his candidacy for parliament today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal, BJP Chairman JP Nadda, Yogi Adityanath, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Manohar Lal Khattar, BS Bommai, Bhupendra Patel, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Pushkar Singh Dhami, Pramod Sawant and N Biren Singh accompanied the tribal leader to the office of the Presidential Election Officer. YSR Congress leader V Vijaysai Reddy and BJP leader Sasmit Patra also accompanied her.

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Murmu, from Odisha, will be India’s youngest president if elected on July 18. She will be the first tribal president of the country and the second woman to hold this position after Pratibha Patil.

Although the opposition fielded Yashwant Sinha as their presidential candidate, Murmu’s election is almost certain as many non-NDA parties have backed her. YRSCP and BJD extended their support to Murmu. Only the votes of the BJP and the BJD amount to 52%, enough for his election.

The candidacy of Draupadi Murmu may turn out to be a political masterstroke. The BJP has everything to gain from Murmu’s candidacy.

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In 2024, when general elections are held, assembly elections for 18 states are also scheduled. Of these 18 states, tribals are in the majority in four. 13 states have more than 10% tribal population. In all of these states, the BJP is on its way to winning tribal sympathies.

In these 18 states, approximately 85% of the tribal population resides. By projecting a pro-tribal and pro-dalit image, the BJP also wants to attract other backward communities.

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The party also intends to retain tribal support in the Lok Sabha elections. The party had won 27 of the 47 reserved Lok Sabha seats in 2014 and 31 Lok Sabha seats in 2019.

The BJP, however, had lost out in Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh due to a lukewarm tribal response.

The BJP has governments in 11 of those 18 states, including six northeastern states. With this appointment and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development push, the party intends to conquer these states.

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