Droupadi Murmu takes oath as 15th President of India

RNS: Droupadi Murmu took oath as the 15th President of India at the Central Hall of Parliament on Monday. Chief Justice of India NV Ramana administrated the oath to Murmu which was followed by a 21-gun salute.

Speaking on this occasion, President Murmu said, this is the beauty of Indian democracy that a poor lady from far-flung area has become the President. She said, reaching the Presidential post is not her personal achievement; it is the achievement of every poor in India. She added that her nomination is evidence that the poor in India can not only dream but also fulfill those dreams. Ms Murmu reiterated her resolve of working towards upliftment of the marginalized, and empowerment of women and young for the inclusive growth of the country.

Speaking on this occasion, President Murmu noted that the fact that a poor lady from a remote place has become the President of India exemplifies the beauty of the democratic system in India. She stated that achieving the position of President is not a personal accomplishment for her, but rather it is the achievement of every poor person in India.

“My nomination is proof that the underprivileged in India may not only dream but also achieve their goals and aspirations,” she added. President reaffirmed her commitment to working toward the emancipation of women and young people, as well as the elevation of those who are marginalised, in order to contribute to the inclusive progress of the nation.

Murmu highlighted the spirit of new India and the emergence of the country as a global leader. She said, the world has lots of hope from India.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Heads of Diplomatic Missions, Members of Parliament, and principal Civil and Military Officers of the Government of India were present in the Swearing-in Ceremony.

Droupadi Murmu, (64) is the first tribal person and the second woman to hold the position. She holds the title of being the country’s youngest ever President. Additionally, she is the first President of India to have been born in the post-independence era. In 1997, Murmu entered politics and was subsequently elected to the position of Councillor in the Rairangpur Notified Area Council of Odisha. She represented the Rairangpur Assembly Constituency as a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) three times between the years 2000 and 2009, and she also held the position of Minister of Commerce, Transport, Fisheries, and Animal Resources Development in the Odisha State Government. Ms. Murmu was sworn in as Governor of Jharkhand on the 18th of May, 2015, and she served in that capacity until the 12th of July of the previous year. She was the first female tribal leader to serve as a Governor in any Indian state, as well as the first woman to be elected as Governor of any Indian state.

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