Mysterious death of one son, death of another in accident – the grave personal tragedy of presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu

New Delhi: Draupadi Murmu has come a long way to reach where she is today. The BJP-led NDA’s presidential candidate, Murmu, who could be the next occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan, has overcome many personal tragedies in his life. In just six years between 2009-2015, Murmu lost her husband, two sons, mother and brother. According to […]
 


Mysterious death of one son, death of another in accident – the grave personal tragedy of presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu

New Delhi: Draupadi Murmu has come a long way to reach where she is today. The BJP-led NDA’s presidential candidate, Murmu, who could be the next occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan, has overcome many personal tragedies in his life. In just six years between 2009-2015, Murmu lost her husband, two sons, mother and brother. According to reports, this was when the tribal leader became an intense practitioner of the meditation techniques of the Brahma Kumaris, a movement he adopted after his personal loss.

Murmu faced personal tragedies

Murmu had three children with her husband Shyam Charan Murmu – two sons and a daughter. According to reports, one of his sons had died under mysterious circumstances in 2009 while his other son died in a road accident three years later. She had lost her husband earlier due to cardiac arrest. Murmu’s daughter Itishree works in a bank in Odisha.

Humble beginnings and varied experiences

Born on 20 June 1958, Murmu was the first woman governor of the state. If elected – with the numbers in favor of the BJP-led NDA alliance, he is likely to win over Yashwant Sinha, the opposition candidate. Murmu will also be the first President to be born after independence. Former Odisha BJP president Manmohan Samal said, “She has gone through a lot of pain and struggle, but is not scared of adversity.”

Born in a Santhal family, she is an excellent speaker in Santhali and Odia languages, Samal said. He said that he has worked extensively to improve the infrastructure like roads and ports in the region.

Tribal-dominated Mayurbhanj has been the focus of the BJP, which is eyeing a strong foothold in the state. The BJD broke ties with the BJP in 2009 and has since tightened its grip on Odisha.

From Rairangpur itself, he took the first step on the ladder of BJP. She was a councilor in Rairangpur Notified Area Council in 1997 and became a minister in the BJD-BJP coalition government of Odisha from 2000 to 2004. In 2015, she was appointed the Governor of Jharkhand and held the position till 2021.

Murmu had contested the 2014 assembly elections from Rairangpur, but lost to a BJD candidate. After completing his term as the Governor of Jharkhand, Murmu devoted his time to meditation and social work in Rairangpur. Murmu told reporters at his Rairangpur residence on Tuesday night, “I am both surprised and happy. Being a tribal woman from remote Mayurbhanj district, I had never thought of becoming a candidate for the top post.” She said, “I was not expecting this opportunity. I am not participating in any political program for more than six years after becoming the governor of the neighboring state of Jharkhand. I hope everyone will support me.”

Belonging to Mayurbhanj, one of the most remote and underdeveloped districts of the country, Murmu graduated in arts from Ramadevi Women’s College, Bhubaneswar in Bhubaneswar and worked as a junior assistant in the Department of Irrigation and Power in the Government of Odisha. He also worked as Honorary Assistant Teacher at Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Center in Rairangpur. Murmu was awarded the Neelkanth Award for the best MLA of the year by the Odisha Legislative Assembly in 2007.

He has varied administrative experience of handling Ministries like Transport, Commerce, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry in the Government of Odisha. In the BJP, Murmu was the vice-president and later the president of the Scheduled Tribes Morcha in Odisha. She was elected district president of BJP’s Mayurbhanj (West) unit in 2010 and was re-elected in 2013. She was also named a member of BJP’s National Executive (ST Morcha) in the same year. He held the post of District President till April 2015 when he was appointed as the Governor of Jharkhand.