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- Oath-taking ceremony begins
- Kovind arrives at Parliament
- Kovind leaves for Parliament
- Pranab Mukherjee's last address as president
- Kovind leaves for Rashtrapati Bhavan
- Kovind reaches 10 Akbar road
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Pranab Mukherjee tweets congratulatory wishes to President Ram Nath Kovind from personal Twitter handle.
My heartiest congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind, Hon'ble President of India. Wishing you success and happiness in the years to come.— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) July 25, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji on taking oath as the President of India.”
Very inspiring address by President Ram Nath Kovind Ji, which beautifully summed up the essence of India’s strengths, democracy & diversity.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 25, 2017
How the event unfolded:
The elaborate ceremony for change of guard in India's highest Constitutional office started today with a gentle knock on the door of President-elect Ram Nath Kovind's Akbar Road residence.
It was Military Secretary to the President, Major General Anil Khosla, inviting 71-year old Kovind and his wife Savita to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where President Pranab Mukherjee was waiting for them in the study.
The two leaders then went to the grand Rashtrapai Bhavan forecourt where they were escorted to the saluting dais.
Mukherjee took the last salute of the President's Bodyguard (PBG) with President-elect Kovind standing to his left.
He and his successor then drove down Raisina Hill to the Central Hall of the Parliament in a black limousine. Escorting them was grand equestrian procession by the PBG, dressed in white ceremonial uniforms and blue turbans with gold ornamental work.
Ram Nath Kovind talks about nation building
"Nation-building cannot be done only through government. The government can only be a guide. National pride is what contributes to nation-building," said Kovind. "We are proud of every citizen of India and also of even the smallest of livelihoods," he said.
Today, women and men are working hard and standing shoulder to shoulder in all fields of life. Our farmers and scientists work day and night to make us all proud. We are proud of our teachers who are giving good values and educating the generations to come and the soldier who ensures that were are all safe.
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