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Draupadi Murmu: Know history, profile & profession of this first-to-be tribal woman president

Draupadi Murmu is a tribal leader from Odisha who has been named as the NDA’s candidate for the presidential polls next month. Murmu, 64 is a former Jharkhand governor who will be the first tribal woman to occupy the top constitutional post if elected. Let’s read about the unknown facts about this veteran leader…

  • She was born on June 20, 1958 in Baidaposi village of Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district and belongs to Santhal ethnic group.
  • Murmu graduated from the Ramadevi Women’s University in Bhubaneswar with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979. 
  • Thereafter, she started working as a teacher before entering State politics in 1997 as the councillor of Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat. 
  • The same year, she was declared the VP of BJP’s Scheduled Tribes (ST) Morcha.
  • Murmu was the State minister having independent charge of commerce and transport, fisheries and animal husbandry from 2000 to 2004. 
  • In 2007, she was conferred with the Nilkantha award for best MLA by Odisha Legislative Assembly.
  • Over the next decade, she held several leading roles within the BJP, including the State president of the ST Morcha and the BJP district president of Mayurbhan. 
  • In 2015, she became the first tribal Governor of Jharkhand and completed her five-year term.
  • As per reports, her father, Biranchi Narayan Tudu, and grandfather were the village headmen under the Panchayati Raj System.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed her after she was named the BJP-led NDA candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

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