Droupadi Murmu, a candidate for the NDA, defeated Yashwant Sinha, a candidate for the opposition, by a wide majority after the third round of vote counting in the presidential election. Murmu has received 2,161 of the 3,219 valid votes recorded so far, while Sinha received 1,058.
The Supreme Commander of India’s Armed Forces, Murmu, 64, is the second woman and the first Adivasi to hold this position. Murmu served as a Minister in Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s BJD-BJP coalition government from 2000 to 2004 and was elected to two terms in the Odisha Assembly in 2000 and 2004. 2015 saw her take the oath of office as Jharkhand’s first female governor.
Yashwant Sinha congratulated Murmu on her victory on Twitter not long after her score passed the halfway point. “I join my fellow citizens in congratulating Smt Droupadi Murmu on her victory in the Presidential Election 2022. India hopes that as the 15th President of the Republic she functions as the Custodian of the Constitution without fear or favour,” he wrote.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Droupadi Murmu and congratulates her on being elected as the new President of the country.
Congratulating Droupadi Murmu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said he hoped that under her guidance, citizens will make a leading contribution in building a New India. “Hearty Congratulations to Smt. Draupadi Murmu ji on being elected as the President of India. Your role in giving voice to hopes & aspirations of people is exemplary. I hope under your able guidance, people of our country will make a leading contribution in building a New India,” he tweeted.
Amit Shah, the minister of state for the interior, congratulated Droupadi Murmu on her victory on Twitter. The victory of NDA nominee Smt. Draupadi Murmu ji as President of India is a source of immense pride for the entire nation because she comes from a very ordinary tribal family. I congratulate her.