How Did Droupadi Murmu Poll 64.03% Votes In Presidential Elections?
Droupadi Murmu, former Governor of Jharkhand, is the President-elect of India. She’s the first tribal woman to reach the highest constitutional post in the country. She received over 60% of the total votes. Droupadi Murmu will take oath on July 25.
Ten Highlights Of The Big Story
- Droupadi Murmu received 2,824 votes with a value of 6,76,803 or 64.03%. Her closest rival Yashwant Sinha received 1,877 votes with a value of 3,80,177 or 35.97%. The minimum value of votes needed for a victory is 5,43,000.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP chief JP Nadda congratulated Ms Murmu for her victory. Droupadi Murmu (64) is the youngest and India’s first president to be born after independence.
- PM Modi praised Droupadi Murmu as an outstanding MLA and minister. She had an excellent tenure as Jharkhand Governor. He further said that he was certain she would be an outstanding President who would lead from the front and strengthen India’s development journey.
- Yashwant Sinha also congratulated Droupadi Murmu on her victory. He said he hoped that as the 15th President of India she would function as the custodian of the constitution without any fear or favor.
- Congratulatory messages from governors, cabinet ministers, chief ministers, and leaders of political parties including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and NCP chief Sharad Pawar started pouring in for Droupadi Murmu.
- Celebrations broke out in Rairangpur in Odhisha, the hometown of Ms Murmu.
- With Droupadi Murmu, the NDA sent a huge political message to the tribal community that has distanced itself from the BJP. Also, it divided the opposition by bringing non-aligned parties including Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal and Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSR Congress on board.
- The presidential election witnessed a considerable amount of cross-voting by opposition MPs and MLAs in favor of Droupadi Murmu. While parties have clearly indicated their preference, there is no penalty for cross-voting in Presidential elections.
- Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted that Ms Murmu polled 104 votes compared to NDA’s original strength of 79 with 2 absentees in the 126-member Assam Assembly.
- In Presidential elections, a winning quota is determined by adding votes polled for each candidate divided by two and adding ‘1’ to it. Simply put, it is 1 more than 50%. If the required quota isn’t achieved by any candidate, subsequent preferences marked on the ballot paper come into play.