‘Tribute to the power of democracy’: President Draupadi Murmu takes charge

Aditi Tandon

New Delhi, July 25

India’s first tribal president and the youngest ever Draupadi Murmu took the oath of office and her election to the highest constitutional post made history on Monday as a “homage to the power of Indian democracy”.

In the Assumption Speech delivered after Chief Justice of India NV Ramana administered the oath of office in the name of God to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the law, President Murmu made his humble beginnings from Uparbeda, a tribal village in Mayurbhanj, Odisha. Remembered that. , and said that his election was not an individual achievement but an achievement of every poor person.

My election is proof that the poor in India You can dream and make them come true. – Draupadi Murmu, 15th President of India

“It is a tribute to the power of our democracy that a daughter born to a poor household in a remote tribal area can reach the highest constitutional office in India. That I received the presidency This is not my personal achievement, it is the achievement of every poor person in India. My election is proof that the poor in India can dream and fulfill them.” for Rashtrapati Bhavan in Raisina Hill.

President Murmu’s 18-minute speech lauded India’s COVID response, the world’s own leadership in environmental protection, its readiness for the digital revolution and continued with the presence of outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Got applause. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Ministers, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and other dignitaries in the Central Hall of Parliament.

PM Narendra Modi congratulating Draupadi Murmu in Parliament.

“Jauhar, Namaskar”, the traditional tribal greeting, set the tone for the President’s emphatic speech in which he emphasized “collective efforts and duties” to take India forward and make women and youth welfare a top priority of his presidency. took a pledge.

Recognizing the fact that his rise took place at a historic time when India was celebrating 75 years of independence and working towards realizing the vision for the next 25 years, Murmu (64) said, “These In 25 years, the path to achieve the goals will proceed on two tracks – ‘Sabka Prayas and Sabka Kartavya’ (Everybody’s effort and everyone’s duty). He has dedicated the memory of freedom fighters and the tribal Santhal, Kol and Bhil movements in the freedom struggle. Congratulations on the contribution.

She arrived at her new residence in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan for a ceremonial reception marked by a 21-gun salute, inspection of guard of honour, and reception by top dignitaries led by VP and PM Modi.

President Murmu and his predecessor Ram Nath Kovind traveled in bulletproof presidential limousines instead of British-era buggies for all ceremonial events from the swearing-in at Parliament House this morning to the ceremonial transition to Rashtrapati Bhavan around noon. The custom by the President of his predecessor to bid farewell to the latter at his new residence, 12 Janpath.

Ready to take forward bilateral ties: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated Draupadi Murmu on taking office, saying that he is ready to work with her to take the ties forward. Presidents of Russia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives and Nepal were among other world leaders who congratulated President Murmu. tns

Watershed moment for India

His taking over the presidency is a momentous moment for India, especially for the poor, marginalized; Dalit. – Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

Seating Row at the Oath Ceremony

Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal has accused the Congress of misleading people about the seating arrangement for Mallikarjun Kharge at the swearing-in ceremony of the President in Parliament. Several opposition leaders claimed that Kharge was “not given a seat commensurate with his position”.