Outgoing President of India Ram Nath Kovind will address the nation on Sunday on the eve of demitting office, the President’s Secretariat informed.
The address will be broadcast from 19:00 hours on the entire national network of All India Radio (AIR) and telecast over all channels of Doordarshan.
Droupadi Murmu was elected to be the next President of India on Thursday after she comprehensively defeated the opposition’s presidential candidate Yashwant Sinha.
She will take oath at the Central Hall of Parliament on Monday.
Murmu, 64, won by a thumping margin, garnering over 64 per cent valid votes. She will succeed Ram Nath Kovind to become the country’s 15th president.
Murmu will be the first person from a tribal background to take the office. Murmu is likely to take oath on July 25 with incumbent President Ram Nath Kovind’s tenure ending on July 24.
Murmu, a 64-year-old, also becomes just the second woman to take over the role.
Murmu will be only the second woman to become President, after Pratibha Patil.
Belonging to the Santhal tribe of Odisha, she hails from the Mayurbhanj region of the state. She started out as a teacher and then became a junior assistant in the irrigation department, before entering politics. She served as a minister in the BJD-BJP government in Odisha and held the fisheries, animal resource development, commerce and transport portfolios. Years later, she became the Governor of Jharkhand from 2015 to 2021, the first tribal woman to do so.
(With ANI Inputs)