India has scripted
history with Droupadi’s
election as President;
says Narender Modi

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated Droupadi Murmu on her election as new President of the country and said she has emerged as a ray of hope for citizens, especially the poor, marginalised and the downtrodden.

President Ram Nath Kovind also extended his best wishes to Draupadi Murmu who will succeed him in the highest office of the country.

“Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Smt. Droupadi Murmu on being elected as the 15th President of India,” President Kovind said in a tweet.

New Delhi: India’s Prime Minister Narender Modi presenting flowers to newly elected President Droupadi Murmu on Thursday.

The Prime Minister said that India has scripted history as a daughter hailing from a tribal community born in a remote part of eastern India has been elected President.

“India scripts history. At a time when 1.3 billion Indians are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a daughter of India hailing from a tribal community born in a remote part of eastern India has been elected our President!” he said in a tweet.

The Prime Minister said Droupadi Murmu’s life motivates every Indian. 

“Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji’s life, her early struggles, her rich service and her exemplary success motivates each and every Indian. She has emerged as a ray of hope for our citizens, especially the poor, marginalised and the downtrodden,” he said.

The Prime Minister thanked MPs and MLAs who supported her candidature cutting across party lines.

 “Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has been an outstanding MLA and Minister. She had an excellent tenure as Jharkhand Governor. I am certain she will be an outstanding President who will lead from the front and strengthen India’s development journey,” he said.

An unbelievable picture: Can anyone believe that India’s elected 15th President Droupadi Murmu sitting in her kitchen at her residence in Odesha.

“I would like to thank all those MPs and MLAs across party lines who have supported the candidature of Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji. Her record victory augurs well for our democracy,” he added.

Murmu already has 50 per cent of the total value of valid votes at the end of the third round of counting.

Rajya Sabha Secretary General PC Mody, who is returning officer for the election, told the media that  Droupadi Murmu has got 2161 votes whose electoral value is 5,77,777.

The presidential contest was between Murmu and opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha.

“Up to this round, the cumulative total is – total valid votes is 3219 with a total value of 8,38,839 of which Droupadi Murmu gets 2161 votes of the value of 5,77,777. Yashwant Sinha gets 1058 votes of the value of 2,61,062,” Mody said. 

Odisha’s Rairangpur village, the native place of Droupadi Murmu erupted in celebrations in anticipation of Droupadi Murmu’s victory.

A large crowd gathered outside BJP headquarters in Delhi earlier this evening to celebrate her victory. (ANI)

Modi hosts farewell dinner

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a farewell dinner for outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind in the national capital on Friday.

Several Padma awardees and many tribal leaders were present on the occasion.

First lady Savita Kovind was also present at the event.

Notably, the tenure of the outgoing President is coming to an end on July 24. President-elect Droupadi Murmu will be sworn in as India’s 15th President on July 25 in the Central Hall of Parliament.

To facilitate members to attend the ceremony, both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will meet that day at 2 pm instead of 11 am.

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana will administer the oath to Murmu.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday issued a certificate of the election to NDA nominee Droupadi Murmu as the next President of India.

Droupadi Murmu, who was BJP-led NDA’s candidate in the Presidential election defeated opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha. (ANI)