A watershed moment: Modi as President Murmu takes charge

Updated on Jul 26, 2022 12:31 AM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday described Droupadi Murmu’s election to the Presidential office as a “watershed moment” for the country, especially for the poor, marginalised and downtrodden.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the swearing-in ceremony of President Droupadi Murmu, at Central Hall of Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the swearing-in ceremony of President Droupadi Murmu, at Central Hall of Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
By, New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday described Droupadi Murmu’s election to the Presidential office as a “watershed moment” for the country, especially for the poor, marginalised and downtrodden.

“The entire nation watched with pride as Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji took oath as the President of India,” Modi said in a tweet.

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“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 added.

The Prime Minister also hailed Murmu’s address after her oath and said she gave a message of hope and compassion.

“She emphasised on India’s accomplishments and presented a futuristic vision of the path ahead at a time when India is marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav,” he said.

Earlier in the day, President Murmu scripted history by taking oath as India’s first tribal head of State, completing a remarkable journey from a far-flung impoverished village where higher education was a dream for young girls to the highest constitutional office of the world’s largest democracy.

The 64-year-old, who succeeded Ram Nath Kovind, took the oath of office in the name of god to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and the law”. Minutes later, in her first speech as the commander-in-chief, she commended the power of India’s democracy and the power of a poor person’s imagination.

Union minister Amit Shah and defence minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated Murmu.

Shah hoped that Murmu’s tenure will take India’s pride to new heights. “Today’s historic day is a wonderful example of empowerment and ‘Antyodaya’ of every section following democratic values,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

Singh said it is a remarkable day in the history of the Indian Republic and expressed confidence that her rich legislative and administrative experience will benefit the nation.

Political leaders cutting across party lines also congratulated the President.

In a tweet, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief J P Nadda said Murmu’s “first address to the nation as ‘People’s President’ encapsulated not just the significance of this truly historic moment but the spirit of New India.”

Senior Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram said it is “a proud moment” in India’s history to see a lady born to a tribal family in a remote village of Odisha ascend to the office of President of India.

“Congratulations and Best Wishes to Honourable Madam Droupadi Murmu,” he tweeted.

Tamil Nadu chief minister M K Stalin said the nation would benefit from her services. “I am sure that the nation would stand to benefit from your services as the President of this great country and I wish you all the very best,” Stalin said in his message.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar also congratulated Murmu and expressed confidence that she would remain committed to protecting India’s democracy, constitution and law, and will make the country more proud during her term.

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