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Droupadi Murmu is elected as next President of India

Murmu is the first tribal and second woman to occupy the highest office. She will take the oath as the 15th President of India in the Central Hall of Parliament House on July 25.

NEW DELHI, July 21: Droupadi Murmu is the next President of India. A former Governor of Jharkhand, Droupadi Murmu, 64, became the first tribal President-elect of India on Thursday, defeating Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha with an overwhelming majority in the election held on July 18.

Ruling coalition NDA's candidate Murmu polled 6,76,803 votes against Sinha's 3,80,177, that is 64 per cent of valid votes of an electoral college of MPs and MLAs.

She will take the oath as the 15th President of India in the Central Hall of Parliament House on July 25. President Ram Nath Kovind's term ends on July 24. Youngest to occupy the top post, she is also the second woman to become the President after Pratibha Patil. She will be the nation’s First Citizen and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Droupadi Murmu received 100 per cent of votes from the southern State of Andhra Pradesh as both the ruling YSR Congress and Chandrababu Naidu's TDP supported her candidature. The YSRC has 151 MLAs, 22 Lok Sabha MPs and nine Rajya Sabha MPs. The TDP has 18 MLAs, three Lok Sabha MPs and one Rajya Sabha MP.

Because of her tribal status, she got support from the BJD, YSRCP, AIADMK, TDP, BSP, JDS, SAD, JMM and Shiv Sena. For the BJP it will be a potential asset in the forthcoming elections in the States, it is said.

Droupadi Murrmu was born into a Santhal Adivasi family in 1958 in Uparbeda village of Odisha’s backward Mayurbhanj district. Murmu began her career as a teacher in Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj. She was elected to the Assembly in 2000 and 2004. She was a Minister in Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s BJD-BJP coalition Government. She was an office-bearer of the BJP. Murmu became the first woman Governor of Jharkhand in 2015. Although she stays low-profile, she is an orator in her local languages.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with party president JP Nadda visited Murmu's residence in Delhi to congratulate her.

"I join my fellow citizens in congratulating Smt Droupadi Murmu on her victory in the Presidential Election 2022. India hopes that as the 15th President of the Republic she functions as the Custodian of the Constitution without fear or favour," defeated candidate Yashwant Sinha congratulated Murmu. Yashwant Sinha was a Minister for External Affairs and a Finance Minister.

It is a very proud moment for everyone in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated her.

"Congratulations and best wishes to Smt. Droupadi Murmu ji on being elected as the 15th President of India," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulated on Twitter.

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