Droupadi Murmu was declared the 15th President-elect of India at the end of the counting of votes as she defeated her lone rival in the Presidential elections Yashwant Sinha with a whopping margin.
“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!”
Prime Minister Modi said this in his Congratulations to President-elect Droupadi Murmu.
The results of the Presidential contest between the 64-year-old Droupadi Murmu and Yashwant Sinha saw at least 104 State Legislators indulging in cross-voting in favour of the President-elect.
Murmu is thus the second woman and the first one from the Tribal community of India to occupy the seat of the head of the State of India.
Droupadi Murmu had secured 577777 to win a landslide against 231062 by the opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha.
When at the end of the third round of the counting of votes, Murmu had garnered more than 50 percent of the votes, Sinha conceded his defeat.
Sambit Patra, who hails from Odisha distributed sweets among the tribal community members in their home state. Her posted these images on social media:
Though the final count is yet to come officially, an official announcement of Murmu’s election is just a formality.
Prime Minister Modi and BJP President J P Nadda reached Droupadi Murmu’s residence in Delhi to congratulate her on her election.
There was an atmosphere of joy outside Murmu’s residence with people dancing and playing drums and distributing sweets as soon as the news of her crossing the halfway mark poured in