Draupadi Murmu Sworn In As President: Chief Justice of the country N. V. Ramana administered the oath to Draupadi Murmu as the 15th President in a ceremony held in the Central Hall of Parliament today.
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Addressing the people on this occasion, Murmu said, “I am the first President born in independent India. The blessings of the poor are included in my election.” She started her address by saying johar, namaskar.
In her first tweet as President, Draupadi Murmu greeted the country with “Johar, Namaskar” and said Indians’ wishes would give her strength to fulfil her duties in the country’s highest office. “Johar” is a traditional greeting among tribals.
Former president Ram Nath Kovind, outgoing Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi were present at the ceremony.
Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of President Murmu’s home state Odisha, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and MPs from all parties also attended the event.
Addressing the joint sitting of Parliament after taking the oath, President Murmu said, “My election is proof that the poor in the country can have dreams and also fulfil them.”
Addressing the country’s youth, she appealed that they work towards laying the foundation of the country’s future, besides building their own. “As president, you have my full support,” she added.
Prime Minister Modi described President Murmu’s swearing-in as a watershed moment for India. “The entire nation watched with pride as Smt. Draupadi Murmu Ji took oath as the President of India. Her assuming the Presidency is a watershed moment for India especially for the poor, marginalised and downtrodden. I wish her the very best for a fruitful Presidential tenure,” he tweeted.
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