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Swearing-in Live: Diversity Makes us Unique, Says President Ram Nath Kovind

News18.com | July 25, 2017, 2:21 PM IST
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After his resounding victory in the Presidential Elections 2017, NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind has been sworn-in as India's 14th President by Chief Justice of India JS Khekar. Kovind was accompanied by outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee. During the elections, Kovind received 65.6% of the valid votes, against former Speaker of the Lok Sabha – Meira Kumar, the presidential candidate of the Opposition who received 34.35% of the total votes. Kovind received 2,930 votes (From MPs and MLAs) amounting to electoral college votes of 7,02,044 as compared to 1,844 votes with a value of 3,67,314 votes for Meira Kumar.

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Jul 25, 2017 2:21 pm (IST)

President Ram Nath Kovind will now travel with the former President Pranab Mukherjee to 10, Rajaji Marg, which will be the Pranab Mukherjee's new residence.

Jul 25, 2017 2:10 pm (IST)

Pranab Mukherjee tweets congratulatory wishes to President Ram Nath Kovind from personal Twitter handle. 

Jul 25, 2017 1:38 pm (IST)

“People welcome Ram Nath Kovind as the President of India. His humble beginnings and wisdom will guide us towards a New India,” said Union Minister Piyush Goyal

Jul 25, 2017 1:36 pm (IST)

Hon'ble Pranab Mukherjee da accompanied by Hon'ble President Ram Nath Kovind ji will reach 10, Rajaji Marg, his designated house at 2.20pm: Kiren Rijiju

Jul 25, 2017 1:08 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji on taking oath as the President of India.” 

Jul 25, 2017 1:01 pm (IST)

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. 

-PTI

Jul 25, 2017 12:51 pm (IST)

President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at Rastrapati Bhawan after swearing-in ceremony

Jul 25, 2017 12:48 pm (IST)

President Ram Nath Kovind on his way to Rashtrapati Bhavan after swearing-in ceremony

Jul 25, 2017 12:45 pm (IST)

21-gun salute given in the honour of President Ram Nath Kovind.

Jul 25, 2017 12:44 pm (IST)

President Ram Nath Kovind is greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Pratibha Patil, former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda, union ministers and senior leaders of the Oppositions.

President Ram Nath Kovind gets a traditional salute from the President's Bodyguard.

Jul 25, 2017 12:41 pm (IST)

People from President Ram Nath Kovind’s village in Kanpur celebrate after he swears- in 

Jul 25, 2017 12:36 pm (IST)

President Ram Nath Kovind will leave for Rashtrapati Bhavan where an inter-services guard of honour will be given to him in the forecourt and courtesies will be extended to the outgoing President, Pranab Mukherjee. After the tour, Kovind will drop off Mukherjee at his new residence—10, Rajaji Marg.

Jul 25, 2017 12:33 pm (IST)

President Ram Nath Kovind ended his speech saying, “We need to sculpt a high-growth economy, an educated economy and an egalitarian society. This was the vision of Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyay.” 

Jul 25, 2017 12:29 pm (IST)

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.

Jul 25, 2017 12:25 pm (IST)

Talking about the cultural diversity, President Kovind said, “We are now in the second half of the 21st century... We are proud of India’s diversity, heritage, development, and all its citizens.” "India is full of variety. We are all very different but we are one," he said. 

Jul 25, 2017 12:24 pm (IST)

"It was in this central hall that I had discussions with many of you. We've had our agreements and disagreements but we learnt to respect each others' views This is the beauty of democracy. I want people to know that I will fulfill my duties towards them," said Ram Nath Kovind

Jul 25, 2017 12:20 pm (IST)

President Kovind tweets after swearing-in

Jul 25, 2017 12:16 pm (IST)

President Ram Nath Kovind address the gathering 

I am accepting this position with all humility and I am grateful for this responsibility: President Ram Nath Kovind

I feel privileged to walk on the same path as Dr.Radhakrishnan, Dr. Abdul Kalam and Pranab da: President Ram Nath Kovind

Jul 25, 2017 12:13 pm (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind sworn in as the 14th President of India with Chief Justice J.S. Khehar administering the oath of office in Parliament's Central Hall.

Jul 25, 2017 12:11 pm (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind begins reading oath as President of India

Jul 25, 2017 12:04 pm (IST)

President-elect Ram Nath Kovind reaches Parliament along with president Pranab Mukherjee.  

Jul 25, 2017 11:56 am (IST)

President-elect Ram Nath Kovind and President Pranab Mukherjee leaves for Parliament. The ceremonial cavalcade will be escorted by the President's Bodyguards. Oath taking ceremony to begin shortly. 

Jul 25, 2017 11:39 am (IST)

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned to enable members to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of the President.

Jul 25, 2017 11:37 am (IST)

Nitish Kumar will meet Sonia Gandhi today on sidelines of Presidential functions

Jul 25, 2017 11:27 am (IST)

President-elect Ram Nath Kovind meets Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Jul 25, 2017 11:25 am (IST)

Click to Read | In his Last Address, Prez Mukherjee Shines Light on India's Pluralism

We derive our strength from tolerance; it has been part of our collective consciousness for centuries, President Pranab Mukherjee in his last address to the nation said.

Jul 25, 2017 11:17 am (IST)

President-elect Ram Nath Kovind leaves for Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

Jul 25, 2017 10:58 am (IST)

Click to Read | India's 14th President Ram Nath Kovind Has His Task Cut Out

Ram Nath Kovind will be India's second Dalit President, and the first with a tenuous Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) link to occupy country's top constitutional post.

Jul 25, 2017 10:57 am (IST)

President-elect Ram Nath Kovind reaches 10 Akbar road

Jul 25, 2017 10:55 am (IST)

RECAP: Ram Nath Kovind, the former Governor of Bihar won the 2017 presidential election against opposition candidate Meira Kumar, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Kovind got 65.65 percent of the total votes which totalled 702,044 electoral college votes.

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