Odisha’s Droupadi Murmu elected India’s first tribal president

Nation Odisha

Delhi, July 21: Odisha’s Droupadi Murmu has been declared President-elect on Thursday.

Returning Officer for the poll and Rajya Sabha Secretary-General PC Mody on Thursday declared the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s candidate the winner of the presidential elections 2022.

Murmu contested against the Opposition’s candidate Yashwant Sinha. The president-elect will take oath on July 25.

“Droupadi Murmu got more votes than the quota that was calculated, based on which I, as a Returning Officer for Presidential Election 2022, handed over the declaration certificate to the President-elect,” said PC Mody, Rajya Sabha Secretary-General & Returning Officer for Presidential polls.

“She got a total of 64% votes. A total of 53 invalid votes were there. Droupadi Murmu got a total of 2,824 votes of the value of 6,76,803 and Yashwant Sinha got a total of 1,877 votes of the value of 3,80,177,” added.

Born in the Santhal community in Mayurbhanj district, Murmu began her political career as a councillor in Rairangpur Panchayat in 1997.

A two-term former MLA from Rairangpur, Murmu held on to her Assembly seat in 2009 when the BJD had snapped ties with the BJP.

Born on June 20, 1958, Murmu also holds the distinction of becoming the first woman Governor of Jharkhand.


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