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Draupadi Murmu Takes Oath As 15th President Of India

The NDA's presidential candidate Droupadi Murmu was officially declared as the 15th President of the country after the conclusion of the counting of votes on Thursday.

President Droupadi Murmu with outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Nadu and CJI Justice N V Ramana during her oath ceremony
President Droupadi Murmu with outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Nadu and CJI Justice N V Ramana during her oath ceremony. (Image: PTI)

New Delhi: Draupadi Murmu on Monday took oath as the 15th President of India. Chief Justice of India N V Ramana administered her oath at a ceremony held at Parliament’s Central Hall in the presence of former president Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi amongst others.

The President took the oath in the name of god in Hindi. In her speech, she said her election to the top constitutional post proves that in India, the poor can not only dream but also fulfil those aspirations.

In her address after Chief Justice of India N V Ramana administered to her the oath as the 15th President of India, Murmu thanked all MPs and MLAs for electing her. I have been elected during an important time when the country is marking 75 years of Independence, she noted.

“Reaching this office is not my personal achievement but that of all the poor people in the country,” Murmu said. “My election is proof of the fact that in India, the poor can dream and also fulfil those dreams,” she said. It is the power of India’s democracy that a girl born in a poor tribal home could reach the topmost constitutional post, Murmu added.

In her speech, the President stressed on speeding up efforts to meet the expectations that the freedom fighters had from the citizens of independent India.

Here are the developments:

-“Today, I assure all the countrymen, especially the youth of India and the women of India, that while working in this position, their interests will be paramount for me,” tweeted the official handle of President of India.

-After taking oath, President Draupadi Murmu took to the official Twitter handle of President of India and wrote: “I humbly greet all the countrymen from this holy Parliament, a symbol of the hopes and aspirations and rights of all the citizens of India. Your affinity, your trust and your support will be my greatest strength in fulfilling this new responsibility for me.”

-President Droupadi Murmu in her speech said that her election is a reflection of the confidence of crores of Indians.

-Draupadi Murmu takes oath as the 15th President of India. She is the second woman President of the country, first-ever tribal woman to hold the highest Constitutional post.

-President-elect Droupadi Murmu arrives at the Central Hall of the Parliament. She will take oath as the President, shortly.

-President’s Bodyguards wait at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  • President's Bodyguards wait at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. (Image: PTI)

-Outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind and wife Savita Kovind met President-elect Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday morning.

-President-elect Droupadi Murmu on Monday paid homage to the ‘Father of the Nation’ Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in the national capital.

-Draupadi Murmu, the former Jharkhand Governor Murmu registered a historic win over her rival Yashwant Sinha in the Presidential election, becoming the first woman tribal candidate and the second woman in the country to occupy the highest office in the country.

With ANI Inputs.

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