By Bizodisha Bureau, Bhubaneswar, July 24, 2022: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who is in Delhi to attend the oath-taking ceremony, met President-elect Droupadi Murmu on Sunday to congratulate her on the victory in the recently-held presidential elections.

Murmu will take the oath of office on Monday as 15th President in the presence of the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, followed by a 21-gun salute.

“I am so pleased and honoured that a daughter of Odisha has been chosen as the President of India,” Patnaik said. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief also confirmed that he will be present at on Monday.

Patnaik was accompanied by his party MPs during the visit. The Biju Janata Dal president also wished good luck for journey ahead as the 15th President of the country. He also praised Murmu for coming from a humble background to holding the top post in the country.

It is “inspiring and a shining example of women empowerment,” Patnaik also said, speaking to reporters.

Murmu also conveyed her thanks to Patnaik for extending support to her candidature.

The former governor of Jharkhand, Murmu won the presidential election against joint Opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha after securing 64 per cent votes. The BJD was among the first non-NDA parties o announce its support for Murmu’s candidature.

The term of President Ram Nath Kovind – India’s 14th President- came to an end on Sunday.

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