Sanjay Savji Deshpande, a resident of the Amar Nagar Slum No.1 in Mumbai's Mulund suburb, was among those who filed their nomination papers days after the election was announced on June 9.
With the numbers in her favour, she is set to become the country's first tribal president and the second woman in the post.
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On the BJP-led NDA nominating Droupadi Murmu, a tribal leader, for the presidential election, the former minister said elevating an individual does not ensure the elevation of the whole community.
"At the moment I'm thinking actively about the third term and what could happen then, but I will review that when I get to it," he said. A Downing Street source later suggested he may have been joking
With its choice of Droupadi Murmu, a tribal leader from a humble background, the BJP seems to have succeeded in sending a wider message about its representative politics.
Senior JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday said that he will accord OBC status to the Kunchatiga Vokkaliga community members if he becomes the next chief minister.
After the 2021 Assembly election, Sarma became the CM and Sonowal was elected to the Rajya Sabha and later made a Union minister.
Sinha also dialled Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and reminded him of the commitment that the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) had made.
Several opposition parties, including the Congress, TMC and the Left, have come together to put up Sinha as their candidate for the election against the BJP-led NDA's Draupadi Murmu.
Sinha said he was 'proud' of his record as a member of the BJP when it was led by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
If elected, a strong possibility given that Murmu (64) already has the support of a majority in the electoral college, she will be the first tribal person and the second woman to be the President.
In a statement in Hindi, the RSS affiliate said the tribal society had to suffer neglect for years despite being an integral part of the Indian tradition and culture.
Modi said Murmu's candidature for the post of President has been appreciated across India by all sections of society.
Counting of votes for the bypolls in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand will be taken up on Sunday.
The two major contenders -- the AAP and the BJP have exuded confidence that their candidates will emerge victorious in the bypoll with a huge margin.