Taking office after a historic oath ceremony in Parliament and a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Droupadi Murmu succeeded Ram Nath Kovind as the new President of India.
Ankur Chatterjee: Mehbooba Mufti, once Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir recently gave a controversial statement on former President Ram Nath Kovind. She said the President had “trampled upon the country’s constitution umpteen times” and had “left the legacy of a BJP cadet in the office of President”.
Droupadi Murmu, who succeeded Ram Nath Kovind in the recent Presidential election, took over as the new President of India after a historic oath ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament. The oath ceremony was followed by a ceremonial welcome for her in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Her predecessor was attacked by Mehbooba Mufti moments after the auspicious oath-taking ceremony saw completion.
“The outgoing President leaves a legacy in which the Indian Constitution has been trampled on umpteenth times. He fulfilled the BJP’s political agenda at the expense of the Indian Constitution, whether it was the revocation of Article 370, the CAA, or the open targeting of minorities and Dalits,” said Mehbooba Mufti, the chief of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju in a statement given to ANI completely dismissed her comments. “We should not give importance to everyone’s statement given in a wrong way,” he further added.
Ms. Mufti’s tweet referred to Jammu and Kashmir’s elimination of special status in 2019 and the downgrading of it to two union territories.
The controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, or CAA, was also mentioned by her, which sparked protests across the country in late 2019 and early 2020.
As a result of the act, widely criticized by the opposition as discriminatory, non-Muslim migrants who came to India before 2015 from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan can fast-track their citizenship.
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