Draupadi Mormo is the first female tribal leader of India and the second female president.
A woman from a marginalized clan community was elected president of India Thursday, July 21st, with the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party following a vote in Parliament.
Draupadi Mormo, who belongs to the Santal tribe, won the support of more than half of the parliament, according to partial results published by the Election Commission. At the age of 64, she became the first chief of a tribe and the second chief of India. Draupadi Murmu, from the eastern Indian state of Odisha, has been nominated by Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a candidate for the largely ceremonial office.
“Guardian of the Constitution”
Narendra Modi in a tweet congratulated Draupadi Murmo, noting that “His exemplary success has motivated every Indian“.”It has emerged as a beacon of hope for our citizens, especially the poor, the marginalized and the downtrodden.“, he added.
Drapadi Murmo’s main opponent Yashwant Sinha, a former BJP member and ex-Finance and External Minister, who is backed by opposition parties, also congratulated the new president. India hopes it will act.”As guardian of the constitution without fear or favour“, he wrote.
Draupadi Murmo will be India’s second female president after Pratibha Patil, who served for five years as of 2007. Ram Nath Kovind, the country’s second president, succeeds from the lowest caste Dalit community, also calledforbiddenBorn in Mayorbang District, Odisha, she started her career as a primary school teacher before taking a political position.
She held ministerial positions in the government of that state, and served as the governor of the neighboring state of Jharkhand. “As a woman from a tribal community in remote Mayurbhanj, I did not expect to be the candidate for this position.She told the press after her appointment by the BJP.
The election of Draupadi Murmo was taken for granted due to the dominance of the BJP and its allies in Parliament and State Councils. Since this position is mainly ceremonial, his election should not lead to significant changes for the tribal communities, which for a long time remained on the fringes of society.
“We have been fighting for tribal rights since the 1990sActivist Diamani Parla told AFP. “She can’t do anything unless she’s allowed to use her pen“, he added.
The Prime Minister of India holds executive power, but the president can return some bills from Parliament for reconsideration. The president also plays a role in the process of forming governments.
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