10 facts about newly elected India’s Madam President

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Droupadi Murmu, the NDA’s pick for President, received 64.03% of the total vote value yesterday. After three rounds of counting, the opposition’s Yashwant Sinha accepted defeat. The President-elect will take the oath of office on July 25.

  1. After even the third round counting Droupadi Murmu has been received 64.03 per cent of total votes. Yashwant Sinha ended up with 35.97 per cent. Ms Murmu received only 2,824 votes with a value of 6,76,803. Mr Sinha received 1,877 votes with a value of 3,80,177. A value of 5,43,000 is required for a victory.
  2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, top members of his Cabinet, and BJP president JP Nadda paid Ms Murmu a congratulatory visit. Celebrations erupted all around the land, filled with sweets and vibrant tribal dances. Ms Murmu, 64, will be India’s youngest and first president born after independence.
  3. “Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has been an excellent MLA and Minister. She did a fantastic job as Governor of Jharkhand. I am confident she would be an amazing President who will take the initiative and strengthen India’s growth journey “PM Modi took to Twitter.
  4. “I congratulate Srimati Droupadi Murmu on her Presidential Election 2022 win. I hope — indeed, every Indian hopes — that as the 15th President of India, she acts without fear or favour as the Custodian of the Constitution. I join my fellow citizens in wishing her the best “Yashwant Sinha, the opposition candidate, issued a statement.
  5. Messages of congratulations were sent to Ms Murmu from governors, cabinet members, chief ministers, and leaders of major political parties. Opposition politicians praised her, including Congress President Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and NCP President Sharad Pawar.
  6. As the trend became obvious, Ms Murmu’s hometown of Rairangpur, Odisha, erupted in excitement.
  7. The NDA’s selection of Ms Murmu, a tribal woman from Odisha and former Jharkhand Governor, split the opposition and drew in non-aligned parties including as Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal and Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress. The action is also considered as a strong political message to the tribal community, which has recently been disillusioned with the BJP.
  8. The vote numbers also show a significant degree of cross-voting in Ms Murmu’s favour by opposition MPs and MLAs. While political parties have stated their support for one candidate or the other, there is no penalty for voting for both.
  9. While no solid statistics on the extent of crossvoting is available, the BJP claimed that opposition MLAs broke ranks with their party in various states. “In the 126-member Assam Assembly, Smt Droupadi Murmu received 104 votes, compared to the NDA’s initial strength of 79. 2 people are missing “Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister of Assam, tweeted.
  10. The candidate who crosses a quota is the victor of the Presidential election, not the candidate who receives the most votes. This quota is calculated by summing the votes cast for each candidate, dividing by two, and adding a ‘1’ to the total. Essentially, one more than 50%. If no one crosses this at first, following choices recorded on the voting paper take precedence.

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