A new history is made in India after the country has got the President who is born post-independence. 63-year-old Droupadi Murmu has sworn in as India's 15th President on Monday - July 25 in a glorious ceremony hosted by the Central Hall of the towering Parliament. Murmu, who is the former Governor of Jharkhand, took the presidential oath which was administered by Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana.
The ceremony was participated by the outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Ministers, MPs, and various dignitaries. President Murmu is the first Tribal person and the second woman to get elected to the nation's highest office, while the first woman was Prathiba Patil. Following the swearing-in, Murmu is all set to lead the country as its first citizen with a history-packed tenure.
She will be the President for the next five years and her hometown in Odisha held celebrations to relish the daughter of the soil becoming India's President. In Delhi, the protocolic arrangements were made to ensure a smooth transition of power in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. BJP-backed Droupadi Murmu ran in the race to the top post against the Opposition's Yashwant Sinha and as the Central ruling party has more numbers in Parliament and in the assemblies with the support of its allied parties, Murmu had a comfortable victory in the Presidential poll that held on July 18.
The votes were counted on July 21 and it was officially declared that Murmu has won the election by securing over 65% of the votes. The swearing-in ceremony of the new president was scheduled for July 25, a day after the tenure of Ram Nath Kovind reaches its deadline. Ahead of taking the oath, Murmu paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat and she went to her new home, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where she was greeted by the outgoing first family.
Accompanied by the outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind, Murmu has reached the Parliament to take the oath as the new President. Chief Justice NV Ramana administered the oath of office for Murmu following which the Central Hall of the Parliament gave huge applause in welcoming the new President. After taking the oath, President Murmu addressed the packed hall of the Parliament on commencing a historical tenure.
She said, "Standing in the Parliament - the symbol of expectations, aspirations and rights of all Indians- I humbly express my gratitude to all of you. Your trust and support will be a major strength for me to carry out this new responsibility." She further said, "I am the first President of the country who was born in independent India. We will have to speed up our efforts to meet the expectations that our freedom fighters had with the citizens of independent India."
"Reaching the Presidential post is not my personal achievement, it is the achievement of every poor in India. My nomination is evidence that the poor in India can not only dream but also fulfil those dreams", Murmu added, stating that her nomination has blessings of the poor behind it and it is a reflection of the dreams and capabilities of crores of women. After the ceremony, President Murmu has greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, and senior leaders.
After the transition, the official domains of the Indian President had an overhaul where Ram Nath Kovind's portrait was replaced by Murmu. The official Twitter handle of the Rashtrapati Bhavan posted Murmu's portrait as its display picture and in a series of first tweets as the President, Murmu wrote, "Johar! Namaskar! I humbly greet all the fellow citizens from this sacred Parliament, a symbol of the hopes, aspirations and rights of all the citizens of India. Your affection, trust and support will be my greatest strength in discharging my functions and responsibilities."
CJI NV Ramana administers oath of office, President-elect Droupadi Murmu becomes the 15th President of India.— ANI (@ANI) July 25, 2022
She is the second woman President of the country, first-ever tribal woman to hold the highest Constitutional post and the first President to be born in independent India pic.twitter.com/qXd9Kzcg2z
President Droupadi Murmu receives thunderous applause at the Central Hall of the Parliament.— ANI (@ANI) July 25, 2022
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President Droupadi Murmu greets PM Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and other dignitaries who attended her swearing-in ceremony at the Central Hall of the Parliament.— ANI (@ANI) July 25, 2022
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#DroupadiMurmu takes oath as the 15th President of India.— PIB India (@PIB_India) July 25, 2022
She is the second woman President of the country and first-ever tribal woman to hold the highest Constitutional post pic.twitter.com/pRGcrquRda
Johar! Namaskar!— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 25, 2022
I humbly greet all the fellow citizens from this sacred Parliament, a symbol of the hopes, aspirations and rights of all the citizens of India.
Your affection, trust and support will be my greatest strength in discharging my functions and responsibilities.