Pranab Mukherjee wins Presidential election, supporters celebrate

Politics | | July 22, 2012, 2:32 pm
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Men, women, kids singing rural folk songs to celebrate in Pranab's village.

Men, women, kids singing rural folk songs to celebrate in Pranab's village.

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The drums are out, the colors are in the air. The forgotten corner of Bengal is now bursting with joy. Celebrations have already begun in Pranab's village Mirati in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

The drums are out, the colors are in the air. The forgotten corner of Bengal is now bursting with joy. Celebrations have already begun in Pranab's village Mirati in Birbhum district of West Bengal.

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It's almost like a carnival at Pranab's ancestral house at Mirati in Birbhum. The entire village has converged at his courtyard.

It's almost like a carnival at Pranab's ancestral house at Mirati in Birbhum. The entire village has converged at his courtyard.

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Pranab Mukherjee casts his vote in India's presidential election as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, along with other lawmakers look on.

Pranab Mukherjee casts his vote in India's presidential election as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, along with other lawmakers look on.

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Durga Puja in July! Celebrations at Mirati, Pranab Mukherjee's ancestral house.

Durga Puja in July! Celebrations at Mirati, Pranab Mukherjee's ancestral house.

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People of Mirati celebrate with colours as Pranab inches towards victory.

People of Mirati celebrate with colours as Pranab inches towards victory.

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Supporters of Pranab Mukherjee celebrate in West Bengal.

Supporters of Pranab Mukherjee celebrate in West Bengal.

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Pranab Mukherjee's 86-year-old sister Annapoorna says she always knew her brother would become the President of India.

Pranab Mukherjee's 86-year-old sister Annapoorna says she always knew her brother would become the President of India.

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NDA's candidate PA Sangma was far behind in numbers in the election.

NDA's candidate PA Sangma was far behind in numbers in the election.

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Congress supporters celebrate the victory of UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee.

Congress supporters celebrate the victory of UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee.

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The counting of votes for the Presidential election had begun at 11 am on Sunday July 22, 2012.

The counting of votes for the Presidential election had begun at 11 am on Sunday July 22, 2012.

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Congress supporters celebrate the victory of UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee as President of India, ahead of the formal declaration, in Kolkata on Sunday.

Congress supporters celebrate the victory of UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee as President of India, ahead of the formal declaration, in Kolkata on Sunday.

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Pranab Mukherjee's supporters in Kolkata, he's the first Bengali President of  India.

Pranab Mukherjee's supporters in Kolkata, he's the first Bengali President of India.

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Deserted look at the residence of Union Minister Agatha Sangma, where Presidential candidate PA Sangma lives, in New Delhi.

Deserted look at the residence of Union Minister Agatha Sangma, where Presidential candidate PA Sangma lives, in New Delhi.

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Tribals in Bhubaneswar perform folk dance during victory celebrations of the UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee as the President of India, ahead of the formal declaration.

Tribals in Bhubaneswar perform folk dance during victory celebrations of the UPA presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee as the President of India, ahead of the formal declaration.

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Supporters of Pranab Mukherjee celebrate with colours in Patna.

Supporters of Pranab Mukherjee celebrate with colours in Patna.

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Pranab Mukherjee's elder sister posing for CNN-IBN, an emotional moment for her. She couldn't hold back her tears when the news of Pranab becoming the President came.

Pranab Mukherjee's elder sister posing for CNN-IBN, an emotional moment for her. She couldn't hold back her tears when the news of Pranab becoming the President came.

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India's 13 elected President, Pranab Mukherjee, after his victory with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress General-Secretary Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi.

India's 13 elected President, Pranab Mukherjee, after his victory with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress General-Secretary Rahul Gandhi at his residence in New Delhi.

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The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was confident of its candidate Pranab Mukherjee to win by a huge margin, with major political parties supporting him.

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was confident of its candidate Pranab Mukherjee to win by a huge margin, with major political parties supporting him.

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Pranab Mukhejee won the election with a huge margin.

Pranab Mukhejee won the election with a huge margin.

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Pranab Mukherjee, left and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, third from left, along with other lawmakers look on as Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, casts her vote in India's presidential election.

Pranab Mukherjee, left and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, third from left, along with other lawmakers look on as Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, casts her vote in India's presidential election.

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Lawmakers look on as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in blue turban casts his vote during India's Presidential elections in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012.

Lawmakers look on as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in blue turban casts his vote during India's Presidential elections in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012.

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Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Arun Jaitley, left, and Lal Krishna Advani, center, greet a polling officer, right, after casting their votes during India's Presidential elections in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012.

Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Arun Jaitley, left, and Lal Krishna Advani, center, greet a polling officer, right, after casting their votes during India's Presidential elections in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 19, 2012.

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Pranab will be sworn in as the 13th President of India at 11:30 am on July 25. He is the first person from West Bengal to occupy the post.

Pranab will be sworn in as the 13th President of India at 11:30 am on July 25. He is the first person from West Bengal to occupy the post.