Bhubaneswar: After President Pranab Mukherjee leaving the post during July this year, Bharatiya Janata Party has started the discussion to decide on the next probable President of India.
Initial discussion by the party seems to reveal that veteran Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi and External Affiars Minister Sushma Swaraj to find their names in the top list of the probables. However, the names of two other women politicians are also doing the rounds, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu.
Draupadi Murmu (aged 59 years), a tribal woman from Odisha has an impressive political and social career spanning almost two decades. Till date, no tribal woman has been elected as the President of India.
Murmu’s political career started in 1997 when she was elected as a councilor and then to the Odisha assembly, which once hailed her as the best MLA of the year. Murmu has actively pursued social causes and played a pivotal role in community uplift in Odisha.