Droupadi Murmu has become India’s first tribal president and also the youngest to occupy the top post. Droupadi Murmu takes the oath of office as the 15th President of India on 25 July.
She is the second woman President of the country, the first-ever tribal woman to hold the highest Constitutional post and the first President to be born in independent India. In her first address as President at the Central Hall of Parliament, Droupadi Murmu said, While Standing in the Parliament the symbol of expectations, aspirations, and rights of all Indians. I humbly express my gratitude to all of you. Your trust and support will be a major strength for me to carry out this new responsibility.
She also said that I am fortunate to have got this opportunity to serve during the 75th year of independence. She also added that reaching the Presidential post is not a personal achievement but an achievement of every poor in India.
My nomination is evidence that the poor in India can not only dream but also fulfill those dreams, she said. She further added It is the power of India’s democracy that a girl born in a poor tribal home could reach the topmost constitutional post.
I am the first President of the country who was born in independent India, President Droupadi Murmu said. She further added, Satisfying to me that the people who were devoid of development for years the poor, Dalits, backward, the tribals can see me as their reflection. My nomination has blessings of the poor behind it, it’s a reflection of the dreams & capabilities of crores of women.
The swearing-in ceremony took place in the Central Hall of the Parliament. Chief Justice of India NV Ramana administered the oath of office.
Earlier in the day, President Murmu paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation, at Raj Ghat and also visited Rashtrapati Bhavan where she was welcomed by former President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita Kovind.