National Democratic Alliance candidate Droupadi Murmu was on Thursday elected the 15th President of India, the second woman to be elected India’s head of state. She secured a majority in the election defeating rival candidate Yashwant Sinha with 676,803 electoral votes in 21 of the 28 states. As the new President of India, Droupadi Murmu now holds a long list of powers, including legislative, executive, judicial, financial, diplomatic and military. As the President of India, Murmu is the nominal head of the executive and the commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces. Here’s everything you need to know about Draupadi Murmu, the first President of India belonging to the tribal community.
Draupadi Murmu: Everything you need to know about the 15th President of India
Draupadi Murmu was born in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha in 1958 in a tribal family. She did her schooling at Unit II high school and her graduation in arts from Rama Devi College. Both institutes are in Bhubaneswar. As per several reports, Murmu lost her husband Shyam Charan Murmu, a banker by profession, in 2014. She also lost both her sons within a span of two years, while her daughter Itishri Murmu works at UCO bank in Odisha and is married to rugby player Ganesh Hembram.
Before joining politics, Murmur worked as a primary school teacher and soon became the junior assistant in the State Irrigation and Power Department from 1979 to 1983. Later, she worked as a professor at the Sri Aurobindo Integral Education Centre at Rairangpur till 1997.
Murmu was elected as a BJP councillor in the Rairangpur Notified Area Council in 1997 and that is when her political journey began. Later, she went on to become an MLA from the same constituency, before being sworn in as the Governor of Jharkhand on May 18, 2015, a position she held till 2021. Murmur was the first woman Governor of Jharkhand and also the first female tribal leader to become the Governor of any state.
Murmur also held different portfolios in the cabinet of the Government of Odisha between 2000 and 2004, under the BJP and Biju Janata Dal coalition government. She was the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Commerce and Transportation and Minister of Fisheries and Animal Resources Development. In 2007, Murmur was awarded the Nilkanth Award for the best MLA of the year by the Odisha Legislative Assembly.
In June 2022, the BJP nominated Murmu as the National Democratic Alliance’s candidate for President of India. Having secured a majority in the election, Murmur will assume office on 25 July 2022. At the age of 64, Murmur will be the youngest President of India and also the first Indian President to be born after Independence. She is also the first tribal President of India and only the second woman President after Pratibha Patil, who held the coveted post from 25 July 2007 to July 2012.
“Elated by all of the support from my all political colleagues, Ministers, MP’s and MLA’s from all -around India for choosing me to serve as the 15th President in the world’s largest democratic country Mother India” Murmur wrote on Twitter.
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