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India gets its 15th President as Droupadi Murmu : Report & Video

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Droupadi Murmu takes oath as the 15th president of India

Droupadi Murmu took oath to become the country’s first tribal and also the youngest president on Monday. The oath was administered by the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and was followed by a 21-gun salute. The president then addressed the nation.

The country’s 15th President Droupadi Murmu will have powers to promulgate ordinances, grant pardons and sign proclamation of emergency in States and the country on advice of the Union Council of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister.

As the constitutional head, the President is the custodian of the Constitution and is also vested with powers of convening Parliament sessions and acts as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Ms. Murmu was elected by members of an electoral college consisting of elected members of both Houses of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies of the states in accordance with the system of proportional representation, by means of single transferable vote.

Only one President elected twice in history of India
Her term of office will be of five years till July 24, 2027. The rules allows her for re-election, though the country’s first President Rajendra Prasad has been the only one to get elected for two terms.

The President’s removal from office needs to be in accordance with procedure prescribed in Article 61 of the Constitution. The President can resign by writing a resignation addressed to the Vice-President.

Executive power of the Union is vested in the President, and can be exercised by Ms. Murmu either directly or through officers subordinate to her in accordance with the Constitution.

According to constitutional provisions, the President also has the power to dissolve the Lok Sabha, based on the decision of the Union Cabinet.

She can promulgate ordinances at any time, except when both Houses of Parliament are in session.

She can also make recommendations for introducing financial and money bills and give assent to bills, grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remission of punishment or suspends, and remit or commute sentences in certain cases.

When there is a failure of the constitutional machinery in a State, she can assume to herself all, or any of the functions of the government of that State.

The President can proclaim emergency in the country if she is satisfied that a grave emergency exists, whereby security of India or any part of its territory is threatened, whether by war or external aggression or armed rebellion.

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In her first address to the nation from the Parliament’s central hall, President Murmu said her election to the country’s top constitutional position is not her personal achievement but that of India’s every poor person as it shows that he can not only dream but also fulfil those aspirations. India’s first tribal President recalled that she grew up in a small tribal village where even getting primary education was like a dream and she went on to become the first person in the village to enrol for college education. It is a tribute to Indian democracy’s strength, Murmu said she has now reached the post of President and was proud to be leading such a progressive country.

Noting that she was the first President to be born after Independence, President Murmu said it was her good fortune that she has assumed the position at a time when the country is celebrating “ Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” to mark the 75th anniversary of its freedom.

On the conclusion of the ceremony in the central hall of the Parliament, the President left for the Rashtrapati Bhavan where an inter-services guard of honour was given to her on the forecourt and courtesies were extended to the outgoing President.

Outgoing President Kovind fulfilled BJP’s agenda: Mehbooba Mufti
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday accused the outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind of “fulfilling BJP’s political agenda “.

“The outgoing President leaves behind a legacy where the Indian Constitution was trampled upon umpteenth times. Be it scrapping of Article 370, CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) or the unabashed targeting of minorities and Dalits, he fulfilled BJPs political agenda all at the cost of the Indian Constitution,” Ms. Mufti said, in a tweet.

Tweeting a fresh circular issued by the Chief Education Officer in central Kashmir’s Budgam, she again criticised the Lieutenant Governor’s administration for asking students to pay for the Tricolour for the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign.

Former President Kovind moves to post-retirement 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.

Mr. Kovind drove down to his new home from Rashtrapati Bhavan after Droupadi Murmu took over as the President of India.

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 Mr. Kovind as his post-retirement home.

Paswan, one of the country’s most prominent Dalit leaders, died at the age of 74 in October 2020. He had been a Minister in Central governments headed by parties of contrasting ideologies, ranging from the Janata Dal to the Congress and the BJP, since 1989. – PTI

Sri Lanka President greets Droupadi Murmu
In the first international reaction, Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated Droupadi Murmu on assuming the office of the President of India.

In a letter issued by his office, Mr. Wickremesinghe, who was also recently elected the President of the crisis-ridden country, said Ms. Murmu’s appointment was testimony to the trust and confidence the Government of India and people have placed in her “caliber and political acumen”.

He also highlighted upon India and Sri Lanka relations. – Meera Srinivasan, Sri Lanka correspondent.

Amit Shah congratulates Droupadi Murmu on assuming charge as President
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday congratulated Droupadi Murmu on assuming charge as the President of the country, and hoped that her tenure will take India’s pride to new heights.

Ms. Murmu took oath as the 15th President of India. Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana administered her oath at a ceremony held at Parliament’s Central Hall.

“Many congratulations to Smt 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,” Mr. Shah tweeted in Hindi. – PTI

Watershed moment for India: PM Modi on Droupadi Murmu assuming presidency
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday described Droupadi Murmu taking over as India’s new President as a “watershed moment” for the country, especially the poor, marginalised and downtrodden.

The entire nation watched with pride as she took oath, PM Modi said, wishing her the best for a fruitful tenure.

Ms. Murmu has become India’s first tribal President.

PM Modi said, “In her address after taking oath, President Droupadi Murmu Ji gave a message of hope and compassion. She emphasised on India’s accomplishments and presented a futuristic vision of the path ahead at a time when India is marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.” He added, “The entire nation watched with pride as Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji took oath as the President of India. Her assuming the Presidency is a watershed moment for India especially for the poor, marginalised and downtrodden. I wish her the very best for a fruitful Presidential tenure.”

Droupadi Murmu assumes the office of the President of India
President Droupadi Murmu on Monday assumed the office at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in a handing-over ceremony from former President Ram Nath Kovind. After assuming the office, President Murmu inspected the tri-services guard of honour at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan

M.K. Stalin greeets President Murmu, hails Kovind for services
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Monday greeted President Droupadi Murmu saying the nation would benefit from her services and congratulated Ram Nath Kovind for successfully completing his term.

Congratulating Murmu for taking over as the 15th President, Mr. Stalin in his message said: “I am sure that the nation would stand to benefit from your services as the President of this great country and I wish you all the very best.” Her election conveys and strengthens the nation’s trust in democracy and in the principle of inclusiveness, he said.

Congratulating Kovind for successfully completing his term as the 14th President, Mr. Stalin recalled the former President’s gesture of accepting his government’s invitation to grace the centenary celebrations of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly in August, 2021.

“I take this opportunity to thank you for all the support you have extended for the State as the President of the country. I am sure that the country would continue to benefit from your rich experience and I wish you good health and peace,” the Chief Minister said in his message to Mr. Kovind. – PTI

India gets its 15th President as Droupadi Murmu takes oath of office
Droupadi Murmu takes oath as the 15th President of India. The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana.

Ms. Murmu is currently delivering her first address to the nation as President. President Murmu, in her acceptance speech in Hindi, says her election is an expression of trust of crores of citizens.

She mentions that she is the first president who was born after Independence.

“A girl from a modest tribal family being elected as the President reflects the strength of Indian democracy,” the President says while adding that she was the first woman from her village to attend a college.

Crediting India’s democratic values, she says she started her political journey as a local ward councillor and today she took oath as the President of India. She says her elevation is proof that the poor can dream big and they can be fulfilled. It is the power of “India’s democracy that a girl born in a poor tribal home could reach the topmost constitutional post,” Ms. Murmu adds

President Murmu recalls the contributions and sacrifices of freedom fighters like Subash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel among others.

She also mentions that she started her political career when India was celebrating her 50th anniversary of Indian independence and in the 75th year, she is becoming President.

Ms Murmu also congratulates the armed forces for the Kargil Vijay Diwas.

The new President assures that she will work for the women and also appeals to the youth to shape their own destiny and that of the country.

The President gives the call for everyone’s effort and everyone’s duty to usher in the path of progress of India.

Former President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and CJI N.V. Ramana are seated on the dais. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seated next to former President Pratibha Patil in the first row of the audience. Congress president Sonia Gandhi is seated next to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Members of the Council of Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, heads of diplomatic missions, Members of Parliament and principal civil and military officers of the government also attend the ceremony.

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