Draupadi Murmu Is India’s New President

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Draupadi Murmu Is India’s New President: India has got its first tribal president in the form of NDA’s choice Draupadi Murmu, who garnered over 50 per cent of the total vote value after three rounds of counting. Yashwant Sinha of the opposition is far behind.

Draupadi Murmu Is India’s New President

Draupadi Murmu has crossed the half mark after three rounds of counting. Another round of counting of votes is yet to come.

The states where the votes were counted include Andhra Pradesh (where Ms Murmu got almost all the votes) – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand.

The process of counting of votes began at 11 am in the Parliament House and after the rehearsal, the actual counting began at 1.30 pm. The trend became clear after the first round where Ms. Murmu stood at 39 per cent.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has already congratulated Ms. Murmu. He said, “The first woman tribal to become president is a momentous occasion and thank you to PM Modi for giving such a unique gift. There is full enthusiasm in Assam especially tea gardens, people are very happy.”

Delhi BJP has started its celebrations with a roadshow from the party headquarters, which will end at Rajpath. All BJP state units have also planned to take out victory processions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, some senior members of his cabinet and BJP president JP Nadda are expected to visit Draupadi Murmu at her temporary residence on Teen Murti Marg to congratulate her after the results are declared.

Residents of Ms. Murmu’s hometown, Rairangpur in Odisha are already celebrating. He has prepared 20,000 sweets. A tribal dance and victory procession after the results are part of the plan.

NDA’s choice Ms Murmu – a tribal woman from Odisha and former Jharkhand governor – acted as a move to divide the opposition and bring support from non-aligned parties such as Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal and Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress.

The winner of the presidential election is not the candidate who gets only the most votes, but the one who passes a quota. This quota is determined by dividing the votes cast for each candidate by two and adding a ‘1’ to it. Basically, over a 50 percent. If no one crosses it out first, the subsequent preferences marked on the ballot come into play.

Ram Nath Kovind will take oath as the President on July 25, a day after his term ends.

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