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President-elect Droupadi Murmu was congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who noted that she had emerged as a beacon of hope for our society, particularly the underprivileged and marginalised. PM Modi earlier reached the residence of Droupadi Murmu.

"Congratulations and best wishes to Droupadi Murmu Ji on her election as President of India. May she shine bright and inspire young women from all across India to follow in her footsteps," Opposition VP pick Margaret Alva tweeted.

With numerous political parties endorsing the NDA candidate, Droupadi Murmu was thought to have a significant advantage in the race. Before Murmu, there were 14 eminent personalities who helmed Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Notably, Rajendra Prasad was the first president of India. The Indian National Congress candidate served the office from 1950 to 1962. He was also the longest-serving president of India.

The Indian National Congress had eight presidents while there were four presidents who were independent candidates. Both Janata Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had one president each so far. Zakir Husain, who served between 1967 and 1969, was the only president who passed away while serving the office.

Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam, who was also a celebrated scientist, was called the ‘People’s President’. Kalam was a newspaper distributor at one point in order to support his family and his studies. He was born to modest parents; his father was a boat owner. He obtained a degree in physics from Madras University, continued his studies in aerospace engineering, and pursued a career as a fighter pilot. Even after leaving office as president, he continued to connect with the public, especially with young people.

Name of PresidentYears in officePolitical Party
Rajendra Prasad1950-1962Indian National Congress
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan1962-1967Independent
Zakir Husain1967-1969 (died in office)Independent
VV Giri1969-1974Independent
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed1974-1977Indian National Congress
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy1977-1982Janata Party
Zail Singh1982-1987Indian National Congress
Ramaswamy Venkataraman1987-1992Indian National Congress
Shankar Dayal Sharma1992-1997Indian National Congress
KR Narayan1997-2002Indian National Congress
APJ Abdul Kalam2002-2007Independent
Prathiba Patil2007-2012Indian National Congress
Pranab Mukherjee2012-2017Indian National Congress
Ram Nath Kovind2017-2022Bharatiya Janata Party

(With agency inputs)


Sounak Mukhopadhyay

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