Draupadi Muru is BJP candidate for President

Draupadi Murmu, a former Governor of Jharkhand, has been named as the BJP’s choice for the post of President. Ms Murmu, a tribal from Odisha, will be pitted against former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, who has been named as the opposition candidate. If elected, the 64-year-old will be the first tribal woman to become the President of India.

Murmu’s name was announced after the BJP parliamentary board met this evening to take a final call on the Presidential candidate.

Earlier today, Yashwant Sinha was picked as the consensus candidate of the non-BJP parties.