Draupadi Murmu sworn in as India’s 15th President, PM Modi terms it as ‘a watershed moment for India’

Draupadi Murmu sworn in as India's 15th President, PM Modi terms it as 'a watershed moment for India'

Draupadi Murmu was sworn in as the 15th President of India on Monday. “Your faith in me has given me strength. I have got this responsibility at such an important time as it is India’s 75 years of Independence. I am also the first President to be born after India got its Independence,” said President Murmu in her first address, while adding, “This is not only my achievement. It is the achievement of all the poor in the country. The poor can dare to dream now. With their blessings and the support of the mothers and daughters of the country I am standing here in front of you now.” said Murmu.

Draupadi Murmu became the first tribal President of India. 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.

Swearing-in ceremony of 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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