SMT. Draupadi Murmu, Bio, Family, Husband, Political Career, & BJP’s Presidential Candidate

Updated October 15, 2022

Draupadi Murmu, nominated for the post of President of India, is a well-reputed politician. She has served as an MLA twice from the Rairangpur constituency, held cabinet Minister of Odisha, & also the State President of BJP’s Scheduled Tribe Morcha.

Moreover, Smt. Draupadi Murmu has recently completed his 9th governor of Jharkhand tenure impeccably. In her political career, it would be a great achievement of Smt. Murmu, if she wins the 2022 presidential election.

The life of Draupadi Murmu is like a roller coaster. Essentially, her political career has been covered with personal tragedies. The blog has tried to uncover all the important information about Draupadi Murmu, so keep reading.

Draupadi Murmu Early Life

Draupadi Murmu, now among the popular political personality in India, was born on June 20, 1958, in Baidaposi village of Mayurbhanj district in Odisha. She belongs to the Santhal Tribal community & her paternal family was the head of the tribe under the Panchayati Raj System.

From a very early age, she has been motivated to study & aspired to contribute to the improvement of tribal people & women. Talking about her basic education, Draupadi Murmu did her schooling at K.B. HS Uparbeda School, Mayurbhanj, and then she went to Bhubneshwar for her further studies. Smt. Draupadi completed her graduation from the Rama Devi Woman’s College. 

Key Highlights of Draupadi Murmu Life

Wiki Bio 
Date of Birth20th June, 2022
Age (as of 2022)64 Years
Birth PlaceMayurbhanj, Odisha
HometownBaldaposi village, Mayurbhanj, Odisha
Recent in NewsChosen as presidential candidates for the post of President of India
Political PartyBharatiya Janata Party
AwardIn 2007, she was awarded from Nilkantha award for the best MLA by Odisha Legislative Assembly.
Alma Mater 
SchoolK.B. HS Uparbeda School, Mayurbhanj
CollegeRama Devi Women’s College, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Graduated withBachelor of Arts
Personal Information 
EthnicitySanthal tribe
CasteSchedule Tribe
Husband/SpouseShyam Charan Murmu (bank officer)
SonShe had two sons, one of whose name is Laxman Murmu, who died in 2009, and the other died in 2013.
DaughterItishri Murmu (bank worker)
ParentsBiranchi Narayan Tudu
SiblingsTwo Brothers: (a) Bhagat Tudu (b) Sarani Tudu
Marital StatusWidow

Draupadi Murmu Early Career

The life of Smt. Draupadi Murmu is not plain like other personalities. The hardships & obstacles were the companions of the Smt. Murmu, but she has always kept herself motivated in life’s journey. Upon completing her graduation in 1979, she started her career as a junior assistant in the Irrigation Department, Government of Orissa.

However, she shifted her career prospect & joined as an Assistant Professor at Shri Aurobindo Integral Education & Research Centre, Rajgangpur. She contributes a portion of her life to teaching students. The turning point came in her life when she quit the academic profession & joined Bharatiya Janata Party.

Personal Life of Smt. Druapadi Murmu

Draupadi Murmu got married to Shyam Charan Murmu, a Bank Officer. In their wedlock, they had three children: two sons & a daughter. She was leading her political & personal career happily. But, fate had some other destination. She has faced such kinds of tragedies from which one can hardly come out. In 2009, she lost one of her sons in an accident, which plunged her into a depression.

She was recovering from the depression, but the god had another plan. In 2014, she lost her husband, followed by the death of another son. Draupadi Murmu lost her entire family, except a daughter, Itishri Murmu.

Draupadi Murmu Journey to Political Career 

The journey of Smt. Draupadi Murmu’s political career is full of ups & downs. Before coming to the political career, she was working as an Assistant professor in Rajgangpur & living peacefully with her husband & sons. The inclination for politics came when she joined the BJP party. In 1997, she contested the election for councilor from Rairangpur and swept the seat with exceptional votes.

From that very impressive stint in political life, she never looked back on her political life. She has achieved numerous milestones in her way of a political career, including two times MLA, Minister of State, vice president of the Scheduled Tribes Morcha of the BJP party, governor of Jharkhand, and so on.

Recently, Smt. Draupadi has made a significant leap in her political career. She has been chosen as a candidate for the 2022 Indian Presidential election. It is being reported that Smt. Murmu has the upper hand in this presidential election, and most probably, she might be the 15th President of India. 

Smt. Draupadi Murmu is an inspiration not only for the tribal woman but for all Indian citizens. Despite encountering various hardships & struggle in her societal life, she now stands politically strong to hold the most prestigious position, President of India. For the uninitiated, there are numerous great achievements of Smt. Murmu in her political career. Here is a glimpse of the accomplishment of Draupadi Murmu Ji:

SMT. Draupadi Murmu’s Achievements in Political Career

(a) She entered politics by joining the Bhartiya Janata Party. In 1997, she contested for councilor from Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat & won that very election. In the same year, she also became Rairangpur’s Vice-Chairperson.

(b) After serving her tenure as a Vice-President of BJP’s Scheduled Tribes Morcha, she entered into constituency election. In the year 2000, Smt. Murmu was elected as a legislator from the Rairangpur constituency.

(c) For the unversed, she even held the ministerial position during the BJD and BJP coalition government in Odisha. Talking about the same, Smt. Draupadi Murmu served as a minister in Commerce & Transport from March 6, 2000, to August 6, 2002. Subsequently August 6, 2002, to May 16, 2004, she served as minister of the Fisheries & Animal Resources Department.  

(d) In 2004, she was again elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly from the Rairangpur constituency.

(e) Also, she served as the State President of the BJP’s ST Morcha and the District President of the BJP in Mayurbhanj from 2006 to 2009.

(f) Draupadi Murmu, now considered a prominent political figure, was honored with Nilakantha Award for being the best MLA of 2007 by the Legislative Assembly of Odisha.

(g) In 2015, she was sworn in for the gubernatorial position & served as the first woman Governor of Jharkhand from May 18, 2015, to July 12, 2021. She was the first governor who completed a 5-years tenure in Jharkhand. 

(g) Smt. Draupadi Ji was also selected as a candidate for the 2017 Indian Presidential election. But, unfortunately, she could not win. In the 2017 Presidential Election, Ram Nath Kovind won & currently serving as President of India.

(h) If elected, Draupadi Murmu will be the first tribal President of India and the country’s second female President.

Draupadi Murmu for the 2022 Presidential Elections

The decision to select Smt. Murmu as a candidate for the post of President of India, came on June 21, 2022. It was not a sudden convulsive decision but after hours of discussion by BJP parliamentary board. In the presidential election board meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nitin Gadkari, Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, BJP President JP Nadda, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan were present.

Fair to say that the current ruling NDA government, chosen Smt. Draupadi Murmu as a candidate for the 2022 Indian Presidential Election is a well-contemplated move of the BJP. Moreover, this well-calculated decision also clarifies the vision of the Bhartiya Janata Party, which is to create an environment for the upliftment of every section of society.

Draupadi Murmu will face the opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha in the 2022 Presidential Election. He is a well-renowned Politician & Ex-IAS officer. Yashwant Sinha has even served as the Finance Minister & Minister of External Affairs for India. Both prominent politicians are in a good position to compete with each other.

For the unversed, Draupadi Murmu, BJP’s president pick has filed the nomination on June 24, 2022. And this 2022 Indian Presidential Election is slated for July 18, 2022.  

Chance of Smt. Murmu to Become 2022 President

The BJP-led current ruling NDA government has played a masterstroke in selecting the candidate for the presidential election. According to the political analyst, it is believed that BJP’s Pick Draupadi Murmu has more chance of winning the 2022 Presidential Election. Here are some reasons behind it.

(a) Since Draupadi Murmu has been selected by BJP, therefore states ruled by Bharatiya Janta Party will offer full support to her.

(d) Draupadi Murmu will also have the support of the BJD-led government, Odisha CM Naveen Pathnaik. Even Naveen Pathnaik recently appealed to all his MLAs to support the Daughter of Odisha, Smt. Draupadi Murmu.

(c) It is anticipated that Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, based on the tribe ideology, will come in support of Smt. Draupadi Ji.

Thus, BJP’s selected candidate Draupadi Murmu has the upper hand in this 2022 presidential election and most probably will be won by her.

Questions Asked About SMT. Draupadi Murmu Ji

Q. Who is Draupadi Murmu’s husband?

Ans- Smt. Draupadi Murmu was Shyam Charan Murmu. He died in 2014, just a year after her son demised.

Q. Where is Draupadi Murmu from?

Ans- Draupadi Murmu belongs to the tribal community, the Santhal family. She was born in 1958 in Baidaposi village of Mayurbhanj district in Odisha.

Q. How old is Draupadi Murmu?

Ans- Draupadi Murmu has recently completed 64 years of her life. Thus, she is a 64 years politician selected for the presidential election in 2022.

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