Celebrations broke out across the country as Droupadi Murmu got 64.03 per cent of total vote value after three rounds of counting in the Presidential Elections. to register a resounding victory.
At 64, Ms Murmu will be the youngest and India’s first President to be born after Independence.
‘Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji has been an outstanding MLA and Minister. She had an excellent tenure as Jharkhand Governor. I am certain she will be an outstanding President who will lead from the front and strengthen India’s development journey,’ PM Modi tweeted.
‘I heartily congratulate Srimati Droupadi Murmu on her victory in the Presidential Election 2022. I hope — indeed, every Indian hopes — that as the 15th President of India she functions as the Custodian of the Constitution without fear or favour. I join my fellow countrymen in extending best wishes to her,’ read a statement from Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha.
The winner of the Presidential election needs to get the most number of votes, but also cross a quota, by adding votes polled for each candidate, of more than 50 per cent.
The voting figures also indicate a considerable amount of cross-voting by opposition MPs and MLAs, as there is not whip assigned for the Presidential polls.
While parties have declared support for one candidate or the other, there is no penalty for cross-voting in the Presidential elections, which can swing the vote either way at the hustings.
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