Droupadi Murmu Oath Taking Ceremony as India’s President Live Updates: Droupadi Murmu on Monday was sworn in as 15th President of India at the Central Hall of the Parliament in New Delhi followed by a 21 gun salute. “Your faith in me has given me strength. I have got this responsibility at such an important time as it is India’s 75 year of Independence. I am also the first President to be born after India got its Independence,” said President Murmu in her first address, while adding, “This is not only my achievement. It is the achievement of all the poor in the country. The poor can dare to dream now. With their blessings and the support of the mothers and daughters of the country I am standing here in front of you now.” Murmu, 64, is also India’s youngest President.
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On Thursday, Murmu had scripted history by becoming the first person from the tribal community to occupy India’s top constitutional post after she bagged 64% votes of the electoral college to defeat Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha. She got 2824 first preference votes, valued at 6,76,803 votes, while Sinha had only managed to get 1,877 first preference votes, valued at 3,80,177.
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After hearing President Murmu's first address, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot said that he was left 'impressed' by her words.
The first tribal President of India’s name Droupadi, based on a character of the epic ‘Mahabharata’ was given by her school teacher. In an interview with an Odia video magazine some time ago, she revealed that her Santhali name “Puti” was changed to Droupadi by a teacher in school.
“Droupadi was not my original name. It was given by my teacher who hailed from another district, not from my native Mayurbhanj,” Murmu told the magazine. Teachers in the tribal-dominated Mayurbanjh district used to travel from either Balasore or Cuttack in the 1960s, she claimed. “The teacher did not like my previous name and changed it for good,” she said when the magazine asked why she is called Droupadi, a name similar to the ‘Mahabharata’ character. She had also mentioned that her name was changed several times – from “Durpadi” to “Dorpdi”. She stated that names do not die in Santhali culture. (PTI)
As Droupadi Murmu took oath as India's 15th President, PM Narendra Modi called it a “watershed moment for the poor, the marginalised and the downtrodden.”
Former President Ram Nath Kovind receives the Tri-Services Guard of Honour.
President Droupadi Murmu inspects her first Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan after the swearing-in ceremony.
President Droupadi Murmu inspects Tri Services Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President is the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces.
Droupadi Murmu assumes charge of the office of the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti slammed Ram Nath Kovind, saying the “outgoing president leaves behind a legacy where the Indian Constitution was trampled upon umpteenth times.”
Delhi: President Droupadi Murmu receives a ceremonial salute at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the presence of former President Ram Nath Kovind.
After the conclusion of the ceremony, President Droupadi Murmu greets PM Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister and other dignitaries at the Central Hall of the Parliament.
After her address and the address of the country's Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, the New President gave her assent to conclude the ceremony.
The marginalised can now take fresh inspiration from my journey, says President Murmu.
I want all our sisters to be self-dependent and take the country forward, said President Murmu in her first address.
Murmu said that without the blessings of the country's poor, she wouldn't have come so far.
“Your faith in me has given me strength. I have got this responsibility at such an important time as it is India's 75 year of Independence. I am also the first President to be born after India got its Independence,” said President Murmu in her first address.
CJI NV Ramana administers oath of office to President-elect Droupadi Murmu.
President-elect Droupadi Murmu and outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind arrive at the Parliament.
Outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind and President-elect Droupadi Murmu leave from the Rashtrapati Bhavan for the Parliament.
Outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind greets President-elect Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will not attend Droupadi Murmu's swearing-in ceremony in Delhi today.
President-elect Droupadi Murmu pays tribute at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat in Delhi.
President-elect Droupadi Murmu pays tribute at Rajghat in Delhi ahead of her swearing-in ceremony.
At 8 am, President-elect Droupadi Murmu left for Rajghat from her temporary residence at Uma Shankar Dixit Lane.
At 10 am, the outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind and President-elect Droupadi Murmu will be arriving at the Parliament House where they will be received by the Vice-President and Rajya Sabha chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu, the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana.
Murmu is the second President from Odisha, after V.V. Giri, who had served as the fourth President of India from 1969 to 1974.
Wood carving artist Arun Sahu, who hails from Berhampur in Murmu's home state Odisha, carved out a portrait of the President-elect.
Droupadi Murmu will become the 10th successive President to take oath today (July 25) since 1977.
Sand artist from Murmu's home state Odisha pays tribute.