Centre on Wednesday accorded 'Z plus' security cover of CRPF commandos to NDA presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu, officials said.
‘Z +’ security cover is the second-highest level of security protection provided by the Central government.
The BJP-led NDA announced Droupadi Murmu as its Presidential candidate on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha was selected as the joint Opposition candidate for the upcoming presidential elections.
Born in the Santhal community, Droupadi Murmu began her political career as a councillor in Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat in 1997 and rose through the ranks to become a minister in the Odisha government in 2000 and later the Governor of Jharkhand in 2015.
A two-term former MLA from Rairangpur, Droupadi Murmu held on to her assembly seat in 2009 when the BJD had snapped ties with the BJP weeks ahead of the state elections which were swept by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Droupadi Murmu also holds the distinction of becoming the first woman Governor of Jharkhand.