Droupadi Murmu takes oath as 15th president of India

She is the first tribal woman to hold the post

Droupadi Murmu on Monday took oath as the 15th president of India. She was sworn in by Chief Justice NV Ramana.

Murmu is the first tribal woman to hold the post. The 64-year-old is from Odisha and has served as the governor of Jharkhand from 2015 to 2021.

A National Democratic Alliance candidate, Murmu became the president after defeating the opposition’s pick, Yashwant Sinha, in the polls held on July 18. 

The results were declared on Thursday.

After four rounds of polling, Murmu had received 2,824 votes of 676,803 value while Sinha got 1,877 votes or 380,177 value. She received 64.03% of the total valid votes polled.

Earlier on Monday, Murmu, who arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, paid tribute to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, or Mahatma Gandhi, at Raj Ghat.

Outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind extended their greetings to Murmu at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, reported ANI.