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Odisha’s daughter Draupadi Murmu makes history; becomes India’s first tribal & youngest President

Odisha’s daughter Draupadi Murmu makes history; becomes India’s first tribal & youngest President

By Sanjay Maurya

Draupadi Murmu has become the 15th President of India. She contested against Yashwant Sinha, the United Opposition’s candidate for the top constitutional post. Draupadi Murmu is a tribal leader from Rairangpur in the Mayurbhanj district in Odisha. Draupadi Murmu is a soft-spoken leader who made her place in politics with her hard work.

64-year-old Murmu won by a huge margin with over 64 percent of the valid votes. She will replace Ram Nath Kovid to become the 15th President of the country. Murmu will be the first person from tribal background to hold the post. Murmu is likely to take oath on Monday (July 25) and the term of present President Ram Nath Kovind ends on Sunday (July 24).

2022 Indian presidential election

Nominee Droupadi Murmu Yashwant Sinha
Party BJP Independent
Alliance NDA United Opposition
Home state Odisha Bihar
Electoral vote 676,803 380,177
States carried 21 + PY 7 + NCT
Percentage 64.03% 35.97%

Murmu’s victory was ensured only after the third round when the returning officer announced that she had already received more than 53 percent of the total valid votes.

Draupadi Murmu

  • Born: June 20, 1958
  • Birth Place: Uparbeda, Mayurbhanj, Odisha, India
  • Age: 64 years
  • Parents: Biranchi Narayan Tudu
  • Political Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
  • Education: Ramadevi Women’s University
  • Office: President of India
  • Previous Offices: Governor of Jharkhand, Minister of State for Fisheries and Animal, Minister of State for Commerce and Transport, Member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly
  • Children: Itishri Murmu
  • Spouse: Shyam Charan Murmu (passed away in 2014)

Draupadi Murmu will be the first president to be born after independence and the youngest to hold the top post. She is also the second woman to become president. Draupadi Murmu, in 2007, received the Neelkanth Award for Best MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) by the Odisha Legislative Assembly.


Sl.No President From To
1 Rajendra Prasad 26-Jan-50 13-May-62
2 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 13-May-62 13-May-67
3 Zakir Husain 13-May-67 03-May-69
V. V. Giri 03-May-69 20-Jul-69
Mohammad Hidayatullah 20-Jul-69 24-Aug-69
4 V. V. Giri 24-Aug-69 24-Aug-74
5 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed 24-Aug-74 11-Feb-77
B. D. Jatti 11-Feb-77 25-Jul-77
6 Neelam Sanjiva Reddy 25-Jul-77 25-Jul-82
7 Zail Singh 25-Jul-82 25-Jul-87
8 Ramaswamy Venkataraman 25-Jul-87 25-Jul-92
9 Shankar Dayal Sharma 25-Jul-92 25-Jul-97
10 K. R. Narayanan 25-Jul-97 25-Jul-02
11 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 25-Jul-02 25-Jul-07
12 Pratibha Patil 25-Jul-07 25-Jul-12
13 Pranab Mukherjee 25-Jul-12 25-Jul-17
14 Ram Nath Kovind 25-Jul-17 25-Jul-22
15 Draupadi Murmu 25-Jul-22 Current (Term ends on 25 July 2027)

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