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India on cusp of historic presidency as Modi courts women, poor

Droupadi Murmu's candidacy for ceremonial role called a 'BJP masterstroke'

Draupadi Murmu, the candidate for India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, is the favorite to become the next president.   © Getty Images

NEW DELHI -- The post of India's president is largely ceremonial, but experts say the country's presidential election on Monday could have real political implications as the first-ever candidate from a tribal community is expected to win.

Analysts expect an easy victory for Droupadi Murmu, 64, the ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party's choice for the office. The result is to be declared on Thursday.

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