Historic moment: Draupadi Murmu becomes India’s first tribal President

Draupadi Murmu becomes India's first tribal President

Draupadi Murmu became the first tribal President of India on Thursday. She is the country’s second female President.

All elected MLAs and MPs across the country voted for India’s 15th President between 10 am to 5 pm across 31 locations including the Parliament House and 30 centres within state legislative assemblies.

Draupadi Murmu belongs to a tribal community in Odisha. She will become the first Adivasi woman to occupy the country’s top constitutional post. President of India is considered the first citizen of the country.

In the final round, Draupadi Murmu won 71.79 % of the votes while Yashwant Sinha won 28%. As per the New Election Commission, there were a total of 4796 voters in the presidential election out of which 99 per cent exercised their franchise.

NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu

There was a record 100 per cent voting in 11 states and the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry. Draupadi Murmu belongs to the state of Odisha.

It is to be noted that voting was held in 30 places including Delhi and Puducherry for India’s next President.

Furthermore, the members of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, the elected representatives of the Legislative Assemblies of the States and Union Territories with Legislative Assemblies have the right to vote in the President’s election.

Celebrations are also underway at Odisha’s Rairangpur village. It is the native place of NDA’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu.

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