Droupadi Murmu India’s New President; PM Modi, Nadda, Opposition Leaders Extend Best Wishes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated Droupadi Murmu for emerging victorious in the presidential poll saying India has scripted history as a daughter of India hailing from a tribal community born in a remote part of the country has become the first citizen of the country.

“India scripts history. At a time when 1.3 billion Indians are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a daughter of India hailing from a tribal community born in a remote part of eastern India has been elected our President! Congratulations to Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji on this feat,” he said in a tweet.

The Prime Minister further said Murmu has emerged as a ray of hope, especially for the poor, marginalised and the downtrodden. “Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji’s life, her early struggles, her rich service and her exemplary success motivates each and every Indian. She has emerged as a ray of hope for our citizens, especially the poor, marginalised and the downtrodden,” he said.

PM Modi further thanked all MPs and MLAs across party lines who have supported the president-elect. “Her record victory augurs well for our democracy,” he said.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also congratulated Droupadi Murmu saying it was a very proud moment for everyone in Odisha. Patnaik said Murmu’s journey from a humble beginning to becoming the first citizen of the country was an inspiring and a shining example of women’s empowerment. “Congratulate the daughter of #Odisha, Smt #DroupadiMurmu on being elected as 15th President of India,” Patnaik tweeted. “It is indeed a very proud moment for everyone in Odisha that she has been elected for the highest office in the country,” he said.

Opposition leaders including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, NCP chief Sharad Pawar have also congratulated Droupadi Murmu.

Outgoing President Ram Nath Kovind also congratulated Murmu. “Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Smt. Droupadi Murmu on being elected as the 15th President of India,” he said.

At 64, Murmu who will be India’s 15th president, taking over from Ram Nath Kovind, will also be the youngest and India’s first president to be born after Independence. She will be sworn in on July 25.

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