Who will be our next President? Draupadi Murmu, Tarun Chand Gehlot, or Gopal Krishna Gandhi.
The names of Murmu and Gehlot are proposed by the BJP for president. Recently in a meeting BJP-RSS members decided that the name of a dalit or tribal leader must be considered for president. The BJP feels that because Murmu is a dalit tribal leader, and the opposition may find it hard to counter their choice. She is from Odisha and this would also ensure that the BJD would not oppose her candidature.
The opposition also has said that it would not oppose Pranab Mukherjee getting a second term, but also added that they would not be the ones to propose the name first.
Draupadi Murmu is currently the Governor of Jharkhand. From two decades she is in politics. She will be the first tribal to be the President of India. She is the daughter of late Biranchi Narayan Tudu. She was also a former minister in the government there. Draupadi Murmu was awarded the best MLA of the year award by the Odisha Legislative Assembly. In 2007 Droupadi Murmu was awarded ‘Nilakantha Award. She was elected as a councillor in 1997 and went on to become the vice-chairperson of the Rairangpur NAC. She was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly, Rairangpur, Odisha and then went on to become Minister of State. Between 2002 and 2009, she remained the National Executive Member of the ST Morcha, BJP.
Thawar Chand Gehlot is the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment in the Union Government led by Narendra Modi. He is a Rajya Sabha member representing Madhya Pradesh. He was Lok Sabha MP from Shajapur from 1996 to 2009. Also he is a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, and general secretary of the party.
Gopal Krishna Gandhi is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He was the governor of West Bengal from 2004 and 2009. He is an Indian civil servant and a diplomat. Formerly member of the Indian Administrative Service he has also served as the secretary to the President of India. He was also high commissioner to South Africa and Sri Lanka.