Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Ram Nath Kovind becomes the 14th President of India


The President-elect Ram Nath Kovind is sworn in as the 14th President of India.

Ram Nath Kovind was on Tuesday sworn in as India’s 14th president, the first BJP leader and the second Dalit in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Kovind was administered the oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and law” by Chief Justice of India J S Kehar in an impressive ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament.

Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar administers Oath of Office to President elects Ram Nath Kovind in Hindi.

The 71-year-old took oath in Hindi to thunderous applause and thumping of desks by the gathering, including Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee and former president Pratibha Patil.
Former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Devegowda, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, former deputy prime minister L K Advani as well as Union ministers and foreign dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

After he took an oath, Kovind was given a 21-gun salute to mark the assumption of office of the highest constitutional post in the country.

The key to India’s success is its diversity and asked people to build a country that is “an economic leader as well as a moral exemplar“. In his first address as president after taking oath at the Central Hall of Parliament, Kovind said there is need to sculpt an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society said by The Newly President.

President Ram Nath Kovind is congratulated by former President Pranab Mukherjee. The leaders swap seats.  The President's Bodyguard cavalcade presents guard of honor with the gun salute.

Kovind was elected with 65 per cent of votes defeating Meira Kumar to occupy the top post.

(Source: Assorted with PTI, 25 July 2017)

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