Elaborate arrangements are being made for the newly elected President Droupadi Murmu to be sworn in by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana in the Central Hall of Parliament on Monday morning.
At the age of 64, she will be the youngest to occupy the top position besides being the first tribal woman. She is also the first person born in independent India to become the President: She was born on June 20, 1958 at Mayurbhanj Odisha.
The 163-cm (5'4") tall Murmu, a soft-spoken tribal leader from Odisha and former Jharkhand governor, was declared elected on Thursday by a huge margin over the Opposition's joint candidate Yashwant Sinha, a former minister in the Atal Behari Vajpayee government. Present President Ram Nath Kovind, whose 5-year term ends on Sunday, is packing his bags and will move to his new residence; in fact, he will be a neighbour of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Prime Minister Modi is slated to drop him at his new house at No 12, Janpath, which was occupied by late Union Minister Ramvilas Paswan for almost three decades.