Murmu is the 15th and the first tribal leader to be elected to the role of the President. On July 21, the 64-year-old defeated Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha to become the youngest President of the country. She is the second woman President of the country, the first-ever tribal woman to hold the highest Constitutional post and the first President to be born in independent India
She was escorted by Vice-President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu, and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to the Central Hall. Droupadi is the youngest person to take oath as the President of India.
In her first address as President at the Central Hall of Parliament, Droupadi Murmu said, “While Standing in the Parliament – the symbol of expectations, aspirations, and rights of all Indians – I humbly express my gratitude to all of you. Your trust and support will be a major strength for me to carry out this new responsibility.”
She also said that “I am fortunate to have got this opportunity to serve during the 75th year of independence. My nomination is evidence that the poor in India can not only dream but also fulfill those dreams. It is the power of India’s democracy that a girl born in a poor tribal home could reach the topmost constitutional post” She also added that reaching the Presidential post is not a personal achievement but an achievement of every poor in India.