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Droupadi Murmu to become 10th successive President to take oath on July 25

Since 1977, successive Presidents have taken oath on July 25

July 24, 2022 08:19 pm | Updated 10:34 pm IST - New Delhi:

A sand sculpture of Droupadi Murmu, India’s first woman tribal President, made by artist Ajay Rawat, in Pushkar on July 22, 2022.

A sand sculpture of Droupadi Murmu, India’s first woman tribal President, made by artist Ajay Rawat, in Pushkar on July 22, 2022. | Photo Credit: PTI

Droupadi Murmu will become the 10th successive President to take oath on July 25 since 1977. She will take oath of office of the highest constitutional post of the country on Monday followed by a 21-gun salute.

The Union Home Ministry said the ceremony will be held at the central hall of Parliament at 10.15 a.m. on Monday where Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana will administer the oath of office to her. The President will then deliver an address.

Before the ceremony, the outgoing President and the President-elect will arrive in Parliament in a ceremonial procession.

Vice-President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Members of the Council of Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, heads of diplomatic missions, Members of Parliament and principal civil and military officers of the government will attend the ceremony.

On the conclusion of the ceremony in the central hall of the Parliament, the President will leave for Rashtrapati Bhavan where an inter-services guard of honour will be given to her on the forecourt and courtesies will be extended to the outgoing President.

Ms. Murmu, 64, scripted history on Thursday after defeating Opposition Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha in an one-sided contest. She will become India’s first tribal President.

Ms. Murmu won the election by an overwhelming margin against Mr. Sinha after receiving over 64% valid votes of MPs and MLAs, comprising the Electoral College, to succeed Ram Nath Kovind to become the country’s 15th President.

Ms. Murmu got 6,76,803 votes against Mr. Sinha’s 3,80,177 votes.

She will be the first President to be born after independence and is the youngest to occupy the top post. She is also the second woman to become the President.

Records show that since 1977, successive Presidents have taken oath on July 25.

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India’s first President Rajendra Prasad took oath on January 26, 1950 — the day India became a Republic.

In 1952, he went on to win the first presidential poll. He won the second presidential election and was in office till May 1962.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan took oath as the President on May 13, 1962 and was in office till May 13, 1967.

Two Presidents — Zakir Husain and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed — could not complete their tenures as they passed away in office.

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, the sixth President of India, took oath on July 25, 1977.

Since then successive Presidents including Giani Zail Singh, R. Venkataraman, Shankar Dayal Sharma, K. R. Narayanan, APJ Abdul Kalam, Pratibha Patil, Pranab Mukherjee and Ram Nath Kovind have taken oath on July 25.

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