India: Draupadi Murmu, 64, and from a marginalized tribal community, elected President

India: Draupadi Murmu, 64, and from a marginalized tribal community, elected President

Draupadi Murmu, a woman from a marginalized tribal community, was elected President of India on Thursday with the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party after a vote in Parliament.

According to the partial results published by the Election Commission, Draupadi Murmu, belonging to the Santhal tribe, got the support of more than half the MPs. At the age of 64, she became the first female President of a tribe and the second President of India.

Ms Murmu, from the eastern Indian state of Odisha, was nominated as a candidate for the largely ceremonial post by Mr Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In a tweet, Mr. Modi praised Ms. Murmu saying “His exemplary success inspired every Indian,

,She emerged as a beacon of hope for our citizens, especially the poor, marginalized and oppressed.“, He added.

Ms. Murmu will be the second woman President of India after Pratibha Patil, who served in the role for five years from 2007. She replaces the country’s second President Ram Nath Kovind from the lowest Dalit community in the caste system, also known as “The Untouchables,

Born in the Mayurbhanj district of the state of Odisha, she began her professional career as a primary school teacher before assuming a political position.

He has served in ministerial positions in that state’s government, and as the governor of the neighboring state of Jharkhand.

,As a woman from a tribal community in the remote district of Mayurbhanj, I did not expect to be a candidate for this position.“, he told the press after his appointment by the BJP.

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