Updated: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 08:06 AM IST
BJP-led NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu, who is a former Jharkhand Governor and ex-Odisha minister, was on Thursday elected as India's 15th President after she won the Presidential Elections 2022, defeating Opposition's joint candidate Yashwant Sinha by a huge margin of votes.
The 64-year-old will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on July 25, a day after incumbent President Ram Nath Kovind demits office. Murmu is the second women President of India after Pratibha Patil. Besides, she is also the first woman from the tribal community to occupy the country's top constitutional post.
After the conclusion of the counting process, Murmu received 2,824 votes valued at 6,76,803, far ahead of Sinha's 1,877 votes with a total value of 3,80,177.
"Presidential Election concluded with the declaration of results. 4,754 votes were polled, out of which 4,701 were valid and 53 were invalid. The quota for a candidate to be elected the President was 5,28,491", said PC Mody, Secretary General, Rajya Sabha.
"Droupadi Murmu secured 2,824 first preference votes, value of which is 6,76,803. 1,877 first preference votes were secured by Yashwant Sinha, value of which is at 3,80,177", he added.
"As 1st preference votes secured by Droupadi Murmu were greater than the requisite quota, I in my capacity as Returning Officer declare that she has been elected to office of President of India", Mody said.
Soon after Murmu's victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached her residence to congratulate her on being elected as the new President of the country. BJP national president JP Nadda also accompanied the PM.
Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets and congratulates #DroupadiMurmu on being elected as the new President of the country. BJP national president JP Nadda is also present.— ANI (@ANI) July 21, 2022
Visuals from her residence. pic.twitter.com/5wrcpCXElC
Murmu was declared the NDA's Presidential candidate in June this year by BJP's national president JP Nadda after the party's parliamentary meet, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and other leaders.
PM Modi later hailed Murmu and said the former Jharkhand Governor has devoted her life to serving society, expressing confidence that she will be a "great President". "Draupadi Murmu Ji has devoted her life to serving society and empowering the poor, downtrodden as well as the marginalised," PM Modi had said. "Her understanding of policy matters and compassionate nature will greatly benefit our country."
Later, the opposition fielded former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha against Murmu. However, they suffered a setback after several non-NDA parties such as YSR Congress, Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Shiv Sena, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Akali Dal, and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) backed Murmu.
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2022 POLLING
The polling for the Presidential elections 2022 was held on July 18 between 10 am to 5 pm at the 31 locations. As per the Election Commission of India (ECI), over 99 per cent of the total 4,796 electors cast their votes in Presidential polls, while 10 states and the union territory (UT) of Puducherry recorded a turnout of 100 per cent.
"As per reports being received, out of a total of 771 Members of Parliament entitled to vote (05 vacant) and similarly out of total 4025 Members of the Legislative Assemblies entitled to vote (06 vacant and 02 disqualified), over 99 per cent cast their votes today," the top poll body said in a statement.
BJP's SUNNY DEOL, SANJAY DHOTRE AMONG ABSENTEES
BJP MPs Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dhotre were among those who missed casting their votes in the Presidential elections 2022. Besides, two Shiv Sena MPs - Gajanan Kirtikar and Hemant Godse - also were among the absentees. In addition to that, one MP from the BSP, Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP), and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) also did not cast their votes for the Presidential elections in 2022.