2 October 2022

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Draupadi Murmu to become the first tribal President of India; votes crosses 50% mark

NDA's candidate Draupadi Murmu has won the presidential election defeating opposition's Yashwant Sinha.

Ayan Mukherjee: NDA’s candidate Draupadi Murmu has won the presidential election defeating opposition’s Yashwant Sinha. With this Murmu has become the first tribal person to be the president of India.

At the conclusion of the third round of counting, Murmu had received more than 50% of the total valid votes. As the current President Ram Nath Kovind’s term ends on July 24, Murmu is expected to take the oath of office on July 25.

Draupadi Murmu received 812 votes in the third round, while Yashwant Sinha received 521.

In the second round, Sinha obtained the votes of 329 MLAs, out of a total of 44,276, defeating Murmu who garnered the votes of 809 MLAs out of a total of 1138 MLAs in 10 states.

In addition to Andhra Pradesh, where Murmu garnered nearly all of the votes, other states where votes were counted included Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Jharkhand.

In this presidential election, each MP had a vote of 700 points, giving Murmu a total vote value of 5,23,600, or 72.19 percent of the total number of valid MP votes cast.

Murmu earned 540 of the 780 cast votes in the first round of tallying. Yashwant Sinha of the opposition received 208 votes.

He stated that 15 MPs’ votes had been ruled illegitimate and that all MP votes had been tabulated.

Eight MPs did not vote in the presidential election, Modi said.

According to the power of the parties that formally endorsed Murmu, she is believed to have received the votes of an additional five to six MPs.

As many as 538 MPs of various parties had extended their support to Murmu ahead of the election, but a few of them did not vote.

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