New Delhi (India): After taking oath as the 15th President of India, President Droupadi Murmu received a ceremonial salute at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Former President Ram Nath Kovind also present with her.
Earlier, Droupadi Murmu in her first speech as the President, underlined her agenda.
She said, “I am the first President of the country who was born in independent India. We will have to speed up our efforts to meet the expectations that our freedom fighters had with the citizens of independent India”
She also said that becoming the President of India was not her personal achievement, but the strength of our Democracy where even the poor can reach the highest office.
“Reaching the Presidential post is not my personal achievement, it is the achievement of every poor in India. My nomination is evidence that the poor in India can not only dream but also fulfil those dreams’.
Further she said, “Satisfying to me that the people who were devoid of development for years -the poor, Dalits, backward, the tribals- can see me as their reflection. My nomination has blessings of the poor behind it, it’s a reflection of the dreams &capabilities of crores of women.”
President Droupadi Murmu later greeted PM Narendra Modi, Union Ministers, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi and other dignitaries who attended her swearing-in ceremony at the Central Hall of the Parliament.