President-elect Droupadi Murmu pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

25 July, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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President-elect Droupadi Murmu honoured Mahatma Gandhi on Monday at Rajghat in nation's capital.

President-elect Droupadi Murmu honoured Mahatma Gandhi on Monday at Rajghat in nation’s capital.

However, today she will take oath as nation’s 15th president in the Central Hall of Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha M. Venkaiah Naidu, and Speaker of the Lok Sabha Om Birla will accompany Murmu to the Central Hall.

Meanwhile, National Anthem will be performed once Droupadi Murmu arrives the Central Hall. Droupadi Murmu would thereafter take the oath of office in front of NV Ramana, the Chief Justice of India.

Former governor of Jharkhand, Murmu, won the presidential election on July 22 by a record margin over her opponent, Yashwant Sinha. She is now the second woman in history to hold the position of president and the first tribal contender.

Following the end of vote-counting on Thursday, Droupadi Murmu, NDA’s presidential candidate, was formally sworn in as nation’s 15th president.

Yashwant Sinha won 1,877 votes with a value of 3,80,177, while Murmu earned 2,824 votes worth 6,76,803 votes. 4,809 MPs and MLAs participated in voting that was conducted on July 18.

President-elect Droupadi Murmu received certificate at her house in Delhi from PC Mody, Secretary General of Rajya Sabha and Returning Officer for 2022 Presidential Election.

Murmu joined Bharatiya Janata Party in 1997 to begin her career in politics (BJP). She was first chosen to serve as a councillor for Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat, and in 2000 she was elevated to position of chairwoman. Later, she was also BJP Scheduled Tribe Morcha’s national vice president.

Murmu was elected as Jharkhand’s first female governor in 2015. She also made history by being first tribal leader from Odisha to be selected as a state governor.