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Ram Nath Kovind to take oath as 14th President of India today

Ram Nath Kovind to take oath as 14th President of India today

India Blooms News Service | | 25 Jul 2017, 11:21 am
New Delhi, July 25 (IBNS): President-elect Ram Nath Kovind will take oath of his office at the Central Hall of the Parliament at 12.15 pm on Tuesday.

Kovind will succeed outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee, who assumed his office in 2012.

A former BJP leader and a member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Kovind, was picked by the ruling NDA as their Presidential nominee.

Kovind was the Bihar Governor at the time he was named as the BJP-led NDA's Presidential nominee.

In the Presidential election, Kovind defeated Opposition's candidate Meira Kumar by a margin of 32%. He secured 66% of the total valid votes polled approximately.

Kovind, who comes from Uttar Pradesh, became the second Dalit President of India after K R Narayanan.

On last Thursday, after winning the Presidential poll, Kovind said: "Protecting the Constitution and its tradition are my responsibilities."

Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee gave his farewell speech on Monday evening.

In the farewell speech, Mukherjee spoke about maintaining the plurality of the nation.

Image: Official Facebook page of President of India.