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Droupadi Murmu Swearing-in Highlights: My election is the greatness of India, mother of democracy, says President Murmu

Droupadi Murmu Swearing-in Highlights: "My election is evidence that the poor in India can not just dream but also fulfil those dreams," said President Droupadi Murmu.

By: Express Web Desk
New Delhi | Updated: July 26, 2022 10:36:49 am
droupadi murmu, narendra modi, droupadi murmu swearing in, president of india, prime ministerPresident Droupadi Murmu exchanges greetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during her oath ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament, in New Delhi. (PTI)

Droupadi Murmu Swearing-in Highlights: Addressing the nation after being sworn in as the 15th President of India, Droupadi Murmu Monday stated that she was honoured to take charge at a time India is completing 75 years of Independence. She added that she was the first President to be born in independent India. She also said, “My election is the greatness of India, mother of democracy.”

Calling Murmu’s swearing-in ceremony a “watershed moment for India, especially for the poor, marginalised and downtrodden,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the President luck for her tenure. PM Modi added, “In her address after taking oath, President Droupadi Murmu gave a message of hope and compassion”. Murmu, in Parliament, said, “Reaching the Presidential post is not my personal achievement, it is the achievement of every poor in India. My election is evidence that the poor in India can not just dream but also fulfil those dreams.”

Murmu is the first tribal woman to hold the highest constitutional post in the country. Chief Justice of India N V Ramana administered the oath to Murmu in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, S Jaishankar, Amit Shah, among others.

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10:36 (IST)26 Jul 2022
Delhi Confidential | How to address the President: Old debate resurfaces as Droupadi Murmu is sworn in

With Droupadi Murmu being sworn in as the new President, an old debate on what should be the term to address the President is back. When Pratibha Patil became the first woman President, there was an intense discussion on the term with women activists alleging that the word “Rashtrapati” was gender-biased and patriarchal.

When there was a suggestion that a woman President could be addressed as “Rashtrapatni”, experts had outright rejected it. Incidentally, how to address a President was a point of discussion even in the Constituent Assembly. Member K T Shah had suggested that a woman President could be called “Neta” and one suggestion was “Karnadhar (captain)” but Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru rejected them all and finalised on “Rashtrapati”. During the freedom movement, Congress presidents were addressed as “rashtrapati”.

Protest Mode The Congress wanted to stage a “satyagraha” at Rajghat on Tuesday to protest against the ED summoning of party chief Sonia Gandhi but the party did not get permission from the authorities. The suspension of four Lok Sabha MPs also came unexpected. The party has now decided that its MPs will stage a protest in Parliament premises, hoping that other Opposition parties will also join in since many of them are facing the ED heat. Senior leaders and office-bearers will stage a “satyagraha” at the AICC headquarters itself instead of taking out a march, which earlier resulted in police detention. Read more. 

21:49 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Overwhelmed by farewell given to me: former president Ram Nath Kovind

Former president Ram Nath Kovind, who completed his term Monday, said he was overwhelmed by the heartfelt farewell accorded to him and hoped to he would continue to get people's blessings. In his first reaction after demitting the office, he said his successor Droupadi Murmu dropping him off to his new residence was a very touching personal moment as well as an example of high traditions of the Indian democracy.

"I am overwhelmed by the heartfelt farewell accorded to me today at the end of my term as President," Kovind tweeted.

"The presence of President Murmu, the Vice President, the Prime Minister, the chiefs of the three services and the dignitaries in the farewell ceremony will remain my unforgettable memory," he said in a series of tweets in Hindi. "I believe that I will continue to get blessings of the people of the country like before," Kovind said. (PTI)

21:01 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Bangladesh President congratulates Murmu

Bangladesh President M Abdul Hamid on Monday congratulated Murmu and said that he is looking forward to working with her to advance mutual interests as well as making efforts for development, peace and prosperity in the region. He said Bangladesh-India ties were anchored in shared history and culture, mutual trust and respect, long standing friendship and continued cooperation.

"The invaluable support by the Government and the people of India during our Liberation War in 1971 was a watershed moment in our relations. Today, our cooperation spans a range of areas, including trade, connectivity, water resources management, energy, border management and security," Hamid said. (PTI)

20:19 (IST)25 Jul 2022
President Murmu's journey an inspiration for society, says MP CM

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday said President Droupadi Murmu's journey from a ward corporator to the highest post in the country will be an inspiration for the society.

After the swearing-in ceremony, the President highlighted her struggle and challenges and talked about democratic values and their strength in her address. All of which is an inspiration to people, the CM was quoted as saying in an official statement released here. "Your journey from a ward corporator to the highest post of President will inspire society and your vast experience will give it a new direction," Chouhan tweeted in Hindi as he congratulated her for becoming the first tribal woman president of the country.

In her speech, the President quoted Bhim Bhoi, a noted poet from the Jagannath area (Jagannathpuri). "Mo jeevan pache narke padi thau jagat uddhar heu (I am not worried about my life's good or bad. Public welfare and well-being of the poor is the aim of my life)," she had said. (PTI)

19:13 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Sri Aurobindo's thoughts on education continue to inspire me: President Droupadi Murmu

President Droupadi Murmu, who had worked as a teacher decades ago, on Monday said thoughts of Sri Aurobindo on education continue to inspire her. In her acceptance address at the Central Hall of Parliament soon after being sworn in as the 15th President of India, she recalled that decades ago, she had the opportunity to work as a teacher at Sri Aurobindo Integral School in Odisha's Rairangpur.

"After a few days, we will observe the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo's thoughts on education continue to inspire me," she said. Aurobindo had proposed that education is nothing but bringing out and nurturing the latent potentialities.

The president said she has had an active association with educational institutions, serving in various positions as a public representative and then as Jharkhand governor. (PTI)

18:45 (IST)25 Jul 2022
My election is the greatness of India, mother of democracy: President Droupadi Murmu

Her election is proof the poor can dream and fulfil them too, India's 15th president and its first tribal head of state Droupadi Murmu said after taking oath of office on Monday, a landmark day that melded tradition with the aspirations of a modern nation.  President Murmu, who is the second woman in the top constitutional post, succeeds Ram Nath Kovind and was sworn in by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana at Parliament's Central Hall.

President Draupadi Murmu during a speech. (File)

"My election is the greatness of India, mother of democracy," Murmu said after the swearing-in ceremony.

The tribal leader, India's youngest president at 64 and the first to be born after Independence, took oath of office in the name of god to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the law".

“It is the power of India's democracy that a girl born in a poor tribal home could reach the topmost constitutional post,” she said in her address, marking her journey from Odisha's Mayurbhanj district, one of the most underdeveloped in India, to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. (PTI)

17:15 (IST)25 Jul 2022
World leaders congratulate India's new President Murmu

Several world leaders, including presidents of China, Russia, Sri Lanka and Nepal, have congratulated India's new president Droupadi Murmu who assumed office on Monday and expressed their desire to work with her to enhance their respective nations' multifaceted ties with India. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday congratulated Murmu, 64, on assuming office, saying he stands ready to work with her to enhance political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and properly handle differences. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin also congratulated Murmu and expressed hope that she will further promote bilateral productive cooperation. “We attach much importance to the relations of a special privileged strategic partnership with India," Putin said in the message.

"I hope your activities as the head of state will promote the further development of the Russian-Indian political dialogue and productive cooperation in different areas for the benefit of our friendly nations and in the interests of stronger international stability and security," he said in his message on Saturday.

Sri Lanka's newly-appointed President Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated Murmu, recalling the close ties between the two nations and underlining that her leadership offers "fresh impetus" to the joint endeavours to nurture and strengthen the cordial ties they enjoy.(PTI)

16:14 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Tribals in Assam pin hope on President Murmu for fulfilment of Constitutional rights

Hopes and aspirations are running high among tea-tribe community and several backward groups in Assam as they look up to Droupadi Murmu, who was on Monday sworn in as India's 15th President, for fulfilment of their constitutional rights and socio-economic empowerment.

All tribal groups in the northeastern state are elated by her rise to the highest Constitutional post and people belonging to the tea-tribe community are optimistic that Murmu will take steps to ensure granting of the Scheduled Tribe status to them.

The tea-tribe community, comprising Mundas, Oraons, Santhals, Bhumij and others, in Assam are descendants of labourers who were brought from Chotanagpur plateau areas by the British to work in tea gardens but they have not been granted the ST status as their brethren in the states of Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Adivasi National Convention Committee secretary Bir Singh Munda said Murmu, as the constitutional head, has the power to ensure that the long-pending demand of the Adivasis in Assam for the ST status is fulfilled. (PTI)

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15:39 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Sri Lankan President Wickremesinghe congratulates new Indian counterpart Murmu

Sri Lanka's newly-appointed President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday congratulated India's new President Droupadi Murmu, recalling the close ties between the two nations and underlining that her leadership offers "fresh impetus" to the joint endeavours to nurture and strengthen the cordial ties it enjoys. Murmu, 64, took over as India's 15th president on Monday, the country's first tribal head of state and the second woman in the post.

“Your appointment to this chief responsibility in one of the largest democracies is testimony to the trust and confidence the government and the people have placed in your caliber and political acumen,” Wickremesinghe wrote in his message. Recalling the close ties between the two nations, Wickremesinghe said, “Your leadership offers fresh impetus to our joint endeavors to nurture and strengthen the cordial ties we enjoy and I look forward to working closely with you towards this end.” (PTI)

15:30 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Watch: People celebrate in Rairangpur, the native place of President Droupadi Murmu

People in Rairangpur, Odisha on Monday celebrated after President Droupadi Murmu's swearing-in ceremony. Murmu hails from Rairangpur.

15:17 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulates President Murmu

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday congratulated his Indian counterpart Droupadi Murmu on assuming office, saying he stands ready to work with her to enhance political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and properly handle differences.

In a congratulatory message, President Xi pointed out that China and India are important neighbours of each other, and that a healthy and stable China-India relationship is in line with the fundamental interests of the two countries and their people, as well as conducive to peace, stability and development in the region and across the world.

Xi said that he attaches great importance to China-India relations, and stands ready to work with Murmu to enhance political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation, properly handle differences and push bilateral ties forward on the right track, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Murmu, India's youngest president at 64 and the first to be born after Independence, took oath of office on Monday. Chief Justice of India N V Ramana administered her oath at a ceremony held at Parliament's Central Hall. (PTI)

15:15 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Odisha's sand artist marks Murmu's swearing-in with a sculpture

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Monday marked the swearing-in of President Droupadi Murmu with a sand sculpture on the Puri beach. 

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15:01 (IST)25 Jul 2022
President Droupadi Murmu: My election proof that poor can not just dream but also fulfil them

Addressing the nation for the first time after being sworn in as the 15th President of India, Droupadi Murmu stated that her achievement belonged to every poor in India and was a reflection of the capabilities of crores of women.

Murmu, who became the first tribal woman and the youngest President, was administered oath by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Monday. Former president Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others were present at the ceremony.

Here are the top quotes from Murmu’s address:

🔴 It is a coincidence that my political career started when the country was celebrating its 50th year of Independence. And today, in the 75th year of Independence, I have been handed this responsibility. I am honoured to take on this responsibility at a historic time when India is gearing up to achieve the vision of the next 25 years. (Read more)

14:44 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Former president Kovind moves to new home at 12 Janpath

Former president Ram Nath Kovind on Monday moved to his new residence at Janpath road, the bungalow once occupied by former Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Kovind was driven down to his new home from Rashtrapati Bhavan after Droupadi Murmu took over as the President of India. As part of the convention, Murmu, the new President, was also present.

President Droupadi Murmu with outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind with his family leaving the President house in new Delhi on Monday.  (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey, 25 July 22)

Paswan had lived in 12 Janpath for three decades before his death in 2020. Following an eviction notice, his son Chirag Paswan had vacated the house in April. The bungalow was readied for Kovind as his post-retirement home. (PTI)

13:58 (IST)25 Jul 2022
In Photos | Droupadi Murmu's swearing-in ceremony

Chief Justice of India N V Ramana administered the oath to  Droupadi Murmu in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, S Jaishankar, Amit Shah, among others.

Former president Ram Nath Kovind and President Droupdadi Murmu depart from Rashtrapati Bhavan. (Express/Renuka Puri)
Convoy of Droupadi Murmu heading to Rashtrapati Bhavan after taking oath as 15th President of India, at Vijay Chowk. (Express/Praveen Khanna)
President Droupadi Murmu during a guard of honour by the Tri-services personnel at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. (Express/Renuka Puri)
13:47 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Tribal community set for new beginning: Union Minister Arjun Munda

Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda, on Monday said, "The first tribal woman took the oath of the President's office today. The tribal community is set to mark a new beginning, with a tribal woman holding the highest office of the land."

"This constitutional position is above the party lines," he was quoted as saying by ANI.

13:32 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Amit Shah congratulates Droupadi Murmu on assuming charge as President

“Many congratulations to Droupadi Murmu on taking oath as the 15th President of India. I am sure that your tenure will take the pride of the country to new heights. Today's historic day is a wonderful example of empowerment and 'Antyodaya' of every section following democratic values,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted in Hindi.

13:14 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Name Droupadi was given by my teacher: President Murmu

The first tribal President of India's name Droupadi, based on a character of the epic ‘Mahabharata' was given by her school teacher. 

In an interview with an Odia video magazine some time ago, she revealed that her Santhali name “Puti” was changed to Droupadi by a teacher in school. “Droupadi was not my original name. It was given by my teacher who hailed from another district, not from my native Mayurbhanj,” Murmu told the magazine. 

Teachers in the tribal-dominated Mayurbanjh district used to travel from either Balasore or Cuttack in the 1960s, she claimed. “The teacher did not like my previous name and changed it for good,” she said when the magazine asked why she is called Droupadi, a name similar to the ‘Mahabharata' character. 

She had also mentioned that her name was changed several times - from “Durpadi” to “Dorpdi”. 

She stated that names do not die in Santhali culture. (PTI)

13:06 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Tripura stands out with cross-votes against Droupadi Murmu, BJP & ally left looking inwards

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) demonstrated its electoral dominance as Droupadi Murmu was elected the President-elect on Thursday. Though assured of a victory, Murmu received several votes from the Opposition camp, proof of the division and confusion in the ranks of the anti-BJP parties. In Tripura, however, Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha received two extra votes, setting alarm bells ringing in the ruling coalition of the BJP and the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT). 

While the BJP said it was looking into the matter, it expressed confidence that none of its legislators had strayed from the official line. The ruling party hinted that IPFT, which has been dealing with internal tussles for over a year, may have failed to control its MLAs. Two of the tribal party’s MLAs have distanced themselves from the party since last year. Simna MLA Brishaketu Debbarma is now with rival TIPRA Motha while former minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia is politically inactive. Read more

12:23 (IST)25 Jul 2022
Former president Ram Nath Kovind leaves Rashtrapati Bhavan, arrives at new residence

With the transfer of power completed, former president Ram Nath Kovind on Monday left the Rashtrapati Bhavan and arrived at his new residence in Janpath, Delhi.

Droupadi Murmu with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik during a meeting in Delhi. (PTI Photo)

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik with BJD MPs meet Droupadi Murmu

BJD supremo and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday along with his party MPs met Droupadi Murmu here and congratulated her on winning the election.

Murmu hails from Odisha and was also a minister in the BJD-BJP alliance government in the state. Patnaik congratulated Murmu on her thumping victory in the presidential election and wished her all the best, BJD MP Sasmit Patra, who accompanied him, said.

Murmu also conveyed her thanks to Patnaik for extending support to her candidature.

Describing her as the daughter of Odisha, Patnaik said Murmu's win in the election was a very proud moment for everyone in the state, the chief minister said Wishing Murmu the very best for her tenure ahead, Patnaik termed her journey from a humble beginning to becoming the first citizen of the country inspiring and a shining example of women empowerment. -- PTI

Droupadi Murmu’s win a historic feat: Amit Shah

Describing Droupadi Murmu’s election as “historic”, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the BJP has always successfully taken the untrodden path while selecting presidential candidates, naming former Presidents A P J Abdul Kalam and Ram Nath Kovind.

“Recently, the polls for electing the President concluded. Droupadi Murmu was elected as the country’s new President with a huge majority. It is obvious that only one of the two candidates fighting the presidential polls will win but for Droupadi Murmu to attain the post of the President and for Smt Droupadi Murmu to become Her Excellency Droupadi Murmu, it is nothing but a historic event in the last 75 years,” Shah said, addressing an event organised by Gujarat Police at Gandhinagar on Saturday.

“For the first time after independence, a woman from a tribal community – that too among the most backward of tribes, Santhal – became the country’s first citizen. It is a very big victory for the country’s democracy,” Shah said.

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First published on: 25-07-2022 at 08:03:18 am
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