Yesterday, Droupadi Murmu, a candidate for the NDA, was elected as India’s first tribal president after garnering more than 60% of the vote. After three counts, Yashwant Sinha of the opposition acknowledged defeat. On July 25, the President-elect will be sworn in.
India now has the incumbent Ram Nath Kovind’s replacement thanks to the results of the 2022 presidential election. The counting of votes for president took place in Parliament House’s Room 63.
Messages of congratulations for Ms. Murmu were sent by governors, cabinet ministers, chief ministers, and representatives of numerous political parties. Sonia Gandhi, the head of the Congress, Mamata Banerjee, the chief of West Bengal, and Sharad Pawar, the leader of the NCP, all sent their congratulations to her.
The candidate who exceeds a threshold wins the presidency, not the one who receives the most votes. This quota is calculated by summing the total votes cast for each contender, dividing by 2, and then adding “1”. Basically, one percent greater than 50%. Prior preferences noted on the ballot paper take effect if someone does not initially cross this out.
Yashwant Sinha’s opponent, Draupadi Murmu, has lost the election by a wide majority.
The NDA’s selection of Ms. Murmu—a former governor of Jharkhand and a tribal woman from Odisha—broke the opposition and attracted non-aligned parties like Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress and Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal. The action is also perceived as a powerful political statement to the tribal community, who recently appeared to be fed up with the BJP.