Rashmi Rekha Das

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the swearing-in of India’s first tribal woman President Draupadi Murmu as India’s 15th President on July 25 in the Central Hall of Parliament at 10.14am.  

Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of the new President, her brother and sister-in-law among other relatives are all set to fly to the national capital to attend Murmu’s swearing-in ceremony.  Her sister-in-law has bought a tribal saree and traditional sweet pancake Arisa Pitha for Murmu.

Following Murmu’s win, a wave of congratulations has followed from VIPs from across the country and abroad.

Murmu is the first tribal woman in the country’s history and second woman after Pratibha Patil to hold the top constitutional post in the country. Her family members –daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter — are expected to join the ceremony in New Delhi. Besides, her brother and sister-in-law are likely to fly to the national capital to attend Murmu’s swearing-in ceremony, said sources.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik left for Delhi on Saturday to attend the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected president Draupadi Murmu.  Apart from Patnaik, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind, Parliamentarians will remain present in the oath-taking ceremony.

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana will administer her the oath of office.

Meanwhile, BJB leaders Ashwini Vaishnaw, Suresh Pujari, Basant Panda, KV Singhdeo, met Murmu in New Delhi. They are expected to remain present at the ceremony. 

Hailing from a poor tribal family in a village of Mayurbhanj, a backward district in Odisha, Draupadi Murmu completed her studies and made a successful career in politics despite challenging circumstances.

Murmu was married to Shyam Charan Murmu and the couple had two sons and a daughter. However, Murmu has suffered multiple tragedies in her personal life. Her husband, Shyam Charan Murmu had passed away following a cardiac arrest. 

Later in 2009, one of her sons died under mysterious circumstances. Just three years later, in 2012, her second son died in a road accident. Murmu's daughter Itishree is married to Ganesh Hembram and settled in Bhubaneswar, where she works at UCO Bank. Itishree’s husband Ganesh Hembram is a rugby player and the young couple has a little daughter.