Extending his wishes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said thatit was a watershed moment for India, especially for the poor, marginalised and downtrodden.
New Delhi: Droupadi Murmu, who was elected as India’s 15th President, took oath on Monday. Murmu, who belonged to a tribal community, took oath in the Central Hall of Parliament. She was also given a ceremonial salute at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan after the oath-taking ceremony.
The newly sworned President, while addressing the nation, said, “I humbly greet all the countrymen from this holy Parliament, a symbol of the hopes and aspirations and rights of all the citizens of India. Your affinity, your trust and your support will be my greatest strength in fulfilling this new responsibility for me.”
She said, “I express my heartfelt gratitude to all the MPs and all the members of the Legislative Assembly for being elected to the highest constitutional post of India. Your vote is an expression of the faith of crores of citizens of the country. The country has elected me as the President at a crucial time when we are celebrating the nectar festival of our freedom. A few days from today, the country will complete 75 years of its independence. The country has elected me as the President at a crucial time when we are celebrating the nectar festival of our freedom. A few days from today, the country will complete 75 years of its independence.”
The President of India further said, “It is also a coincidence that my political career started when the country was celebrating its 50th year of independence. And today in the 75th year of independence, I have got this new responsibility. It is my great privilege to be given this responsibility at a historic time when India is gearing up to achieve the vision of the next 25 years. I am also the first President of the country who was born in independent India.”
Murmu also added, “We have to work at a fast pace in this Amritkal to fulfill the expectations that our freedom fighters had made from us citizens of independent India. In these 25 years, the path to the accomplishment of Amritkal will proceed on two tracks – everyone’s effort and everyone’s duty. Tomorrow i.e. 26th July is also Kargil Vijay Diwas. This day is a symbol of both the bravery and restraint of the Indian armies. Today, I extend my best wishes to the Armed Forces of the country and to all the citizens of the country, on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas. I started my life journey from a small tribal village in Odisha. From the background I come from, it was like a dream for me to get elementary education. But despite many obstacles, my resolve remained strong and I became the first daughter of my village to go to college.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his wishes to the newly sworned President of India. Narendra Modi, in a tweet, said, “It was a watershed moment for India, especially for the poor, marginalised and downtrodden.
“The entire nation watched with pride as Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji took oath as the President of India. Her assuming the Presidency is a watershed moment for India especially for the poor, marginalised and downtrodden. I wish her the very best for a fruitful Presidential tenure,” he tweeted.
“In her address after taking oath, President Droupadi Murmu Ji gave a message of hope and compassion. She emphasised on India’s accomplishments and presented a futuristic vision of the path ahead at a time when India is marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.” He further tweeted.