Droupadi Murmu: India’s first Santal president
Thursday, 21 July, 2022, 22:48
History was scripted today when Droupadi Murmu, the candidate of India's ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, was elected the country's new president becoming the first tribal leader to occupy the highest constitutional office.
Murmu (64), crossed the 50 percent mark after the third round of counting of votes to emerge victorious in the poll over her rival Yashwant Sinha, the joint opposition nominee and a former BJP leader, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
An official announcement on her win is expected after all votes are counted in the presidential poll held on July 18.
The total number of valid votes is 3,219. Out of this, Droupadi Murmu got 2,161 votes while Yashwant Sinha got 1,058 votes, said Returning Officer PC Mody, also secretary general of the Rajya Sabha.
In every round of counting so far, Murmu, a Santal, received more than two-third of the votes cast by elected members of both houses of parliament—the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha—and members of legislative assemblies in the states through secret ballots.
Sources said 17 MPs from opposition parties have cross-voted in Murmu's support.
Russian helicopter violates Estonian airspace in Koidula region43210.08.2022, 22:18
Artsakh Republic National Assembly “Justice” Faction Issued a Statement78209.08.2022, 15:18
PM Pashinyan holds phone conversation with US Secretary of State67005.08.2022, 20:18
''I have shared this information with my international interlocutors, as well as with the CERD''. Kristinne Grigoryan27705.08.2022, 15:54
EU calls for 'cessation of hostilities' between Armenia and Azerbaijan after renewed clashes33104.08.2022, 19:12
the Azerbaijani side has conducted aggressive military operations in various directions of the Republic of Artsakh106903.08.2022, 20:42
Foreign Minister of Armenia received the personal representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office58303.08.2022, 16:18
Azerbaijan’s demand to replace Lachin corridor with another route is not legitimate – Armenia Security Council Secretary75103.08.2022, 13:24