Ramakanta Biswas

Draupadi Murmu from Odisha on Thursday scripted history by winning the crucial presidential election to become the 15th President of India. The daughter of Odisha will succeed incumbent Ram Nath Kovind. 

Soon after the announcement of the result, Murmu was flooded with congratulatory messages with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other leaders and dignitaries wishing her for being elected to the highest constitutional post in the country.

Incumbent President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter to wish Draupadi Murmu and wrote, “Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Smt. Droupadi Murmu on being elected as the 15th President of India.”

In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Murmu and said, “India scripts history. At a time when 1.3 billion Indians are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a daughter of India hailing from a tribal community born in a remote part of eastern India has been elected our President!" 

Congratulating Murmu, PM Modi said, “Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji's life, her early struggles, her rich service and her exemplary success motivates each and every Indian. She has emerged as a ray of hope for our citizens, especially the poor, marginalised and the downtrodden.”

“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. I would like to thank all those MPs and MLAs across party lines who have supported the candidature of Smt. Droupadi Murmu Ji. Her record victory augurs well for our democracy,” the PM added.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah also congratulated Murmu while thanking 'NDA allies, other political parties and independent representatives for voting in favour' of the NDA's presidential candidate. "I am sure her tenure will make the country more proud," he added.

“Congratulate the daughter of #Odisha, Smt #DroupadiMurmu on being elected as 15th President of India. It is indeed a very proud moment for everyone in Odisha that she has been elected for the highest office in the country. Her journey from a humble beginning to become the First Citizen of the country is indeed inspiring and her journey is a shining example of women empowerment. Wish her the very best for a fulfilling tenure ahead,” wrote Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Congratulating Draupadi Murmu, BJP National vice-president Baijayant Panda described today a proud day for every Indian.

“A proud day for every Indian as Smt Droupadi Murmu Ji becomes the President of the world's largest democracy. Her journey from a humble background to being the first citizen of the nation shall inspire the generations to come. Wishing her a successful tenure in the highest office,” he wrote.

“I congratulate President-elect Smt. Murmu on creating history and join the nation in cherishing her victory. Smt. Droupadi Murmu ji represents the hope and promise of an unstoppable India and also the inherent strengths of our vibrant democracy. Her victory today is a victory of every Indian, especially for women, tribals and our disadvantaged citizens,” Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted.

Opposition presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha also congratulated Murmu and tweeted, “...I hope—indeed,every Indian hopes—that as 15th President she functions as Custodian of Constitution without fear or favour. I join fellow countrymen in extending best wishes to her.”