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    Draupadi Murmu becomes 15th President of India, first tribal to hold the post

    Draupadi Murmu becomes 15th President of India, first tribal to hold the post

    Draupadi Murmu becomes 15th President of India, first tribal to hold the post
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    The NDA's presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu on Thursday emerged victorious in the presidential election by bagging a total of 6,76,803 votes over her rival Yashwant Sinha who polled 3,80,177 votes. Making an official announcement after the fourth round of counting, Returning Officer P C Mody declared Murmu as the winner with 64.03 percent votes. Sinha got 36 percent of the valid votes polled. Murmu bagged votes from a total of 2824 electors, including 540 MPs, while her rival Sinha got votes of 1,877 electors including 208 MPs in the election. There were a total of 4809 electors, including 776 MP with total vote value of 10,72,377, but votes of 53 electors including the maximum of 15 MPs were declared invalid in the election held on July 18. "In my capacity as Returning Officer, I declare Droupadi Murmu as President of India," said Mody while declaring the final result of counting.

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    Draupadi Murmu's tally boosted by cross-voting from Opposition members

    A sizeable number of MLAs from across state assemblies crossvoted in support of President elect Draupadi Murmu, defying their parties' stated support to Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha, sources said on Thursday.

    BJP sources said around 125 MLAs from different assemblies crossvoted in her support. Counting of votes also suggests that Murmu was the beneficiary of crossvoting from 17 MPs. Assam, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh assemblies witnessed a significant number of Opposition MLAs voting for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance's candidate.

    It's a historic moment. Country's celebrating Draupadi Murmu's victory like a festival. A tribal woman is President-elect now, it's an achievement of its own. I congratulate PM Modi for nominating her as NDA's Presidential candidate: Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi

    Draupadi Murmu has emerged victorious in the Presidential election. The entire country is celebrating. I congratulate her on being elected as the President and wish her the very best: Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Delhi

    An atmosphere of excitement has arisen amongst tribal community, women & all weaker sections of society. We had never thought that our sister will sit on the highest constitutional position: MoS Tribal Affairs Renuukaa Sinngh on Droupadi Murmu being elected as country's President

    'Modi hai toh mumkin hai', so this dream has become a reality because of PM Modi Ji. I congratulate & wish the best to Droupadi Murmu and hope the country flourishes in her tenure: MoS Tribal Affairs Renuukaa Sinngh

    This new history will speed up India's progress, in political, social, economic & all other aspects. The whole country has celebrated her win today. PM Modi has delivered a message which will be remembered for years to come. Draupadi Murmu will rewrite history: Piyush Goyal

    Today will be a day to be written in gold in country's history. I extend my heartiest congrats to Draupadi Murmu. PM Modi has uplifted the country and our tribal communities. Every section of the country feels the presence of inclusivity & opportunities: Union Minister Piyush Goyal

    Presidential Election concluded with declaration of result...4754 votes polled, out of which 4701 valid & 53 invalid...The quota (for a candidate to be elected the President) was 5,28,491. Droupadi Murmu secured 2824 first preference votes-value of which is 6,76,803: PC Mody, Secretary General, Rajya Sabha.

    1,877 first preference votes were secured by Yashwant Sinha - value 3,80,177. As 1st preference votes secured by Droupadi Murmu were greater than the requisite quota, I in my capacity as Returning Officer declare that she has been elected  to office of President of India: PC Mody, Secretary General, Rajya Sabha.

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    The BJP-led NDA’s nominee Droupadi Murmu on Thursday became India’s 15th President. She succeeded Ram Nath Kovind and also became the first tribal leader to hold the top constitutional post in the country.

    Official Twitter Account of New President Droupadi Murmu

    Draupadi Murmu becomes 15th President of India, first tribal to hold the post

    Hope Draupadi Murmu functions as 'custodian of Constitution' without fear, favour: Sinha

    Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha on Thursday congratulated Draupadi Murmu on her win in the presidential poll and said he hopes that as the 15th president she functions as the "custodian of the Constitution" without fear or favour. NDA nominee Murmu crossed the 50 percent mark after the third round of counting to emerge victorious in the poll over her rival Sinha.

    In a statement, Sinha also expressed concern over the country's situation, saying India has never seen "political corruption of such magnitude", and this, coupled with the "poisonous politics of polarisation", poses a grave danger to democracy and communal harmony.

    Congratulating Murmu, he said, "I hope -- indeed, every Indian hopes -- that as the 15th President of India she functions as the Custodian of the Constitution without fear or favour. I join my fellow countrymen in extending best wishes to her." He thanked the leaders of the Opposition parties for choosing him as their consensus candidate in this election.

    I am overjoyed that my sister, a tribal woman, has been elected as the President. She has struggled a lot since her childhood. This is an inspiration for everybody: Tarinisen Tudu, brother of the newly elected President Droupadi Murmu

    It's a great and historic moment as the President's post will now be held by a tribal woman. It's something that was inconceivable many years ago...I'd like to thank all who voted for our President Droupadi Murmu, PM & other leaders who made this possible: Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma

    A tribal person with simple and humble beginnings is getting the honour of becoming the President of India. The election of Droupadi Murmu has further bolstered the faith of the public in democracy and the Constitution: Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami

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