NEW DELHI: Droupadi Murmu on Monday took oath as the 15th President of India. Chief Justice of India NV 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.
Murmu, 64, is the youngest leader to be the President of the country, who was born after India’s independence. She is also the first tribal leader to be elected to the highest constitutional post of the country.
In her address after CJI Ramana administered to her the oath as the 15th President of India, Murmu thanked all MPs and MLAs for electing her.
Here are the top quotes of Droupadi Murmu’s address to the Parliament after taking oath as the 15th President of India:
* My election to the post of President is not only my personal achievement, but that of every poor of the country. My nomination is proof that poor in the country can have dreams and also fulfil them.
* India is ready with new thinking as it celebrates ‘Amrit Kaal’, the 75th anniversary of its Independence. We are building ‘Ek Bharat – Shreshtha Bharat’ by embracing many languages, religions, food habits and customs.
* It is satisfying to me that the people who were devoid of development for years – the poor, dalits, backwards and tribals – can see me as their reflection. My nomination has blessings of the poor behind it, it’s a reflection of the dreams and capabilities of crores of women.
* I want all sisters and daughters to be empowered more as they continue to increase their contribution in every field.
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.
“I have been elected during an important time when the country is marking 75 years of Independence,”she noted.
On July 22, 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.
Murmu received 2,824 votes with a value of 6,76,803 while her opponent Sinha secured 1,877 votes with a value of 3,80,177. A total of 4,809 MPs and MLAs cast their votes in the polling that took place on July 18.
Secretary general of Rajya Sabha and the Returning Officer for Presidential Election 2022, PC Mody handed over the certificate to President-elect Droupadi Murmu at her residence in Delhi.
Born in a Santali tribal family on June 30, 1958, in Uparbeda village coming under Mayurbhanj district in Odisha, she had her education from Bhubaneswar and went on to work first as a junior assistant in the State Irrigation and Power Department from 1979 to 1983.