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Ram Nath Kovind sworn in as 14th President of India

News Agencies | Updated on: 25 July 2017, 12:44 IST
Ram Nath Kovind

Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday took oath and was sworn in as the 14th President of India.

Before the swearing-in ceremony, President Ram Nath Kovind along with his wife Savita Kovind paid tribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

Kovind was sworn in by the Chief Justice JS Khehar at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Following this, outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee and Kovind will have a one-on-one discussion on important files and policies before leaving for the Central hall.

At the Parliament, both were received by Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

The stage was shared by President and President-elect, Speaker, Vice President and Chief Justice of India.

After the oath, a 21-gun salute was honoured, followed by the acceptance speech of President-elect Kovind.

After the event the new President and Mukherjee will proceed towards Rashtrapati Bhavan where outgoing President will give Kovind a tour of the official residence.

Following which, the new president will proceed towards his new residence- 10, Rajaji Marg.

Kovind, a National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee won the presidential elections last Thursday by defeating Opposition candidate Meira Kumar.

After final round of counting, Kovind got 7,02,044 votes out of a total of 10,69,358 while his opponent and former Lok Sabha speaker Kumar secured 3,67,314 votes.

A lawyer by profession, Kovind has worked extensively in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Kovind has been the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Scheduled Caste Morcha chief (1998-2002) and the President of the All-India Koli Samaj. He has also served as the national spokesperson of the party. The saffron party had even tired to project him as an alternative to Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh.

He was enrolled as an advocate in 1971 with the Bar Council of Delhi. He became the Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court in 1978 and practised in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years till 1993.

He was appointed as the Governor of Bihar on August 8, 2015. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh during the two terms of 1994-2000 and 2000-2006.

Kovind served as member of the board of management of the BR Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He also served as member of board of governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

Kovind also represented India in United Nations (New York) and addressed the UN General Assembly in October, 2002.


First published: 25 July 2017, 12:44 IST