Droupadi Murmu is India’s first tribal president, the second woman to hold the top-spot after Pratibha Patil. The BJP-led NDA candidate beat opposition’s Yashwant Sinha for the post. 

Murmu crossed the 50% mark after the third round of counting. An official announcement on her win is expected after all votes are counted.

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Yashwant Sinha, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik were amongst the many who congratulated Murmu on the win. 

“I join my fellow citizens in congratulating Smt Droupadi Murmu on her victory in the Presidential Election 2022. India hopes that as the 15th President of the Republic she functions as the Custodian of the Constitution without fear or favour,” Sinha tweeted. 

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“Congratulations to Smt Draupadi Murmu ji for registering an effective victory in the Presidential election. She has been active for public welfare in villages, poor, underprivileged as well as in slums. Today she has risen from among them to the highest constitutional position. This is a proof of the strength of Indian democracy,” Rajnath Singh said on Twitter. 

“Congratulate the daughter of #Odisha, Smt #DroupadiMurmu on being elected as 15th President of India,” Patnaik tweeted.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with some senior members of his Cabinet and BJP chief J P Nadda, visited Murmu to congratulate her.

“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,” PM Modi said on a Twitter thread. 

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“Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has been an outstanding MLA and Minister. She had an excellent tenure as Jharkhand Governor. I am certain she will be an outstanding President who will lead from the front and strengthen India’s development journey. I would like to thank all those MPs and MLAs across party lines who have supported the candidature of Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji. Her record victory augurs well for our democracy,” he added.