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Business News/ News / India/  No 'change of guard' ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Here's why
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No 'change of guard' ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Here's why

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Droupadi Murmu on her election as new President of the country and said she has emerged as a ray of hope for citizens, especially the poor, marginalised and the downtrodden

In a grand historic moment, Droupadi Murmu was declared the 15th President of the country after the conclusion of the counting of votes on Thursday, greetings and wishes poured in from all places after her win. (Ishant Kumar)Premium
In a grand historic moment, Droupadi Murmu was declared the 15th President of the country after the conclusion of the counting of votes on Thursday, greetings and wishes poured in from all places after her win. (Ishant Kumar)

The Change of Guard ceremony will not be held on Saturday, July 23, on the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan as a full dress rehearsal will be conducted of the assumption of office by President-elect Droupadi Murmu, as per an official statement released by the Rashtrapati Bhavan. In a grand historic moment, Droupadi Murmu was declared the 15th President of the country after the conclusion of the counting of votes on Thursday, greetings and wishes poured in from all places after her win.

According to a statement, “the change of guard ceremony will not to be held this Saturday (July 23, 2022) on the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan due to the full dress rehearsal of the assumption of office by the President-elect as the President of India." 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated Droupadi Murmu on her election as new President of the country and said she has emerged as a ray of hope for citizens, especially the poor, marginalised and the downtrodden. Additionally, president Ram Nath Kovind also extended his best wishes to Draupadi Murmu who will succeed him in the highest office of the country. "Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Smt. Droupadi Murmu on being elected as the 15th President of India," said Rashtrapati Bhavan in a tweet.

The Prime Minister said that India has scripted history as a daughter hailing from a tribal community born in a remote part of eastern India has been elected President. "India scripts history. At a time when 1.3 billion Indians are marking Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a daughter of India hailing from a tribal community born in a remote part of eastern India has been elected our President!" he said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, the opposition Presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha also congratulated his contender Droupadi Murmu. "I heartily congratulate Droupadi Murmu on her victory in the Presidential Election 2022. I hope -- indeed, every Indian hopes -- that as the 15th President of India she functions as the Custodian of the Constitution without fear or favour. I join my fellow countrymen in extending best wishes to her," he said.

Notably, Droupadi Murmu received 2,824 votes with a value 6,76,803 while her opponent Yashwant Sinha secured 1,877 votes with a value 3,80,177. A total of 4,809 MPs and MLAs cast their votes in the polling that took place on July 18.Secretary General of Rajya Sabha and the Returning Officer for Presidential Election 2022, PC Mody handed over the certificate to President-elect Droupadi Murmu at her residence in Delhi. 

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published: 23 Jul 2022, 05:58 AM IST
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