India Elects First President From Tribal Community
Scripting history, former Jharkhand Governor & National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Droupadi Murmu was elected the 15TH President of India, the first tribal woman to be elected to the position & the youngest as well. Also, she is the second woman to become the nation’s First Citizen & the Supreme Commander of India’s Armed Forces. Opposition's Yashwant Sinha was defeated by her with an impressive margin. As her victory was assured, congratulatory messages poured out.
On Thursday, after four rounds of counting, she was declared elected, Yashwant Sinha, the opposition candidate, surrendered the race after she had passed the halfway point in the third round of counting and held a commanding lead over him. After four rounds of polling, Murmu received 2,824 of the 6,76,803 total votes. while Mr. Sinha received 1,877 votes or 3,80,177 value. She received 64.03% of total valid votes polled, much more than what was openly declared in her support & pointing to the fact there had been a lot of crossvoting in Ms. Murmu's favour from the Opposition ranks. Over 4,800 MPs & MLAs cast ballots to choose India's new president.
Murmu has become the front-runner after receiving support from various opposition groups. She was supported from non-NDA parties like the Shiv Sena, Janata Dal (Secular), Biju Janata Dal, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party, Telugu Desam Party, Shiromani Akali Dal, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Bahujan Samaj Party, & Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party. Her victory is considered as the BJP's attempt to reach out to the country's tribal populations, which account for more than 8% of its 1.4 billion inhabitants. For the BJP, tribal votes are significant, especially in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh & Madhya Pradesh, where Assembly elections are due later this year and next year It was Modi’s super-master stroke that caught everyone by surprise & particularly shook the gang of opposition political parties & Hindu-bashing media.
Murmu possessed at least five remarkable attributes that couldn’t be matched by anyone. The first-one is her tribal ancestry & a woman role model for every aspiring girl woman. The second is that she is a villager from Odisha to give hope to about 65% population still living in the villages, & her demonstrated service to uplifting & empowering the backward. The third one is that she hails from poor background. The next one is she also belongs to a downtrodden society and the final one is that she is marginalized.
President Ram Nath Kovind & President-elect Murmu will arrive in the Central Hall in a ceremonial procession, after which the President-elect will take the Oath of Office in the presence of the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, followed by a 21-gun salute onJuly 25, a day after President Ram Nath Kovind tenure ends. She will be only the second woman to hold the top position in the nation. Pratibha Patil was the first. However, the president plays a crucial role in political crises, such as when a general election is unfavourable, by selecting the party that is most suited to form a government.
She was perhaps born not with a silver spoon in her mouth but to be a divine soul & a fighter to make a difference in the world not only as a spiritual person but as a leader, teacher, & activist Droupadi Murmu's parents had the foresight to give her the name Draupadi after the Mahabharata character Draupadi, who is a deity. Similarly, Murmu has a soul of divinity with resiliency, open-heartedness, unassuming political sensitivity & savviness, the ability to govern with determination, & is an insightful person destined to be the next Indian President. Let’s all celebrate her victory & wish her well in the discharge of her constitutional role & responsibilities with an abiding faith in God. May the spiritual Murmu live healthy & happy & continue to help the Vanchit (the poor, neglectd, marginalised, & underprivileged) become Sanchit during her Presidency.