By Linus Garg
First publised on 2022-07-21 15:23:03
NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu will be the 15th President of India. She will be the first woman from the tribal community to occupy the highest constitutional post in the country. Murmu was governor of Jharkhand and has been actively working for the marginalized communities in her long political career. She hails from Odisha. Murmu garnered 51.2% of the votes after just three rounds of counting after which the joint opposition candidate Yaswant Sinha conceded defeat and congratulated her. All the top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Modi are visiting her house in Delhi to congratulate her.
Since the BJP-led NDA had a shortfall in the votes in the electoral college that elects the President, it was initially believed that the opposition will put up a good fight. But the BJP waited for the opposition to announce their candidate and then came up with Murmu's name. It was a very good strategy on its part as many opposition parties that that had participated in selecting Yashwant Sinha as their joint candidate, especially the tribal party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), could not refuse to support Murmu. The NDA candidate also got the unconditional support of BJD as she hails from Odisha. In the end, the margin of her victory shows that many other opposition MPs and MLAs have also voted in her favour.
She will take oath of office on July 25.