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NDA's Presidential Candidate Draupadi Murmu is India's next president, defeating Yashwant Sinha, the opposition's joint nominee for the country's highest office

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Draupadi Murmu, the NDA's presidential nominee, becomes the next President of India by defeating opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha who was vying for the position against her.

PC Mody, Secretary General, Rajya Sabha said that after the second round of counting, when the ballot papers of the first 10 states were counted, the total valid votes were 1,138 and the total value was 1,45,575. Murmu has won the elections by a large margin. She had 809 votes, valued at 1,05,255 and the opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha gets 329 votes, valued at 44,276.

He added that after the third round of counting Murmu secured 2161 votes while Sinha got 1058 votes.17 MPs cross-voted in favour of NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu.

The fact that she has won the election is a historic event not for political reasons, but also for the beliefs she represents.

  • Despite her soft-spoken nature, Murmu, a tribal leader from Rairangpur in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha, is a hard-working political figure. Her diligent work was the only method she used to become an Odisha politician.

  • Murmu was born on 20 June 1958. She earned her degree from Rama Devi Women's College, now a university. After finishing her degree, Murmu worked as an Odisha Irrigation Department class-III employee. 

  • Prior to joining the political arena, Murmu was an educator. She was an assistant professor at the Shri Aurobindo Integral Education and Research Institute, Rairangpur. She served as the Rairangpur Assembly representative in the Odisha Legislative Assembly from 2000 to 2009 and held a variety of positions in the state government.

  • She served as an MLA for Rairangpur from 2000 to 2009, and held several positions in the Odisha government. 

  • Despite the fact that her personal life was overshadowed by her political career and she experienced several grave losses (her husband and two sons died in 2014), she dedicated herself to relieving the misery of others. 

  • From May 2015 to July 2021, she served as Jharkhand's first female Governor, becoming the longest-serving governor of the mineral-rich state. 

  • At just 35 years old, she became India's youngest president and the first to be born after India's independence in 1947.

About opposition candidate 

The other candidate who was competing against Murmu was Yashwant Sinha. After a unanimous decision, he is the first Trinamool Congress leader who was nominated for the presidential election. But later he resigned from the party. 

Interestingly Sinha has a political background linked with BJP. He served as the National Spokesperson of the party in June 1996 and later in 1998,1999, and 2009, he was elected to the Lok Sabha. 

He also served as Finance Minister of India in 1998 and was appointed AS Minister of External Affairs in 2022.

In 2009, he resigned as Vice President of the BJP and finally in 2018, he left the party due to the party's current condition and stated that Indian democracy is in danger.