Ram Nath Kovind elected as the 14th President of India

BJP president Amit Shah congratulates Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the 14th President of India.PM Narendra Modi looks on. Kovind will be sworn-in on July 25 Photo courtesy PTI

NEW DELHI (TIP): Ram Nath Kovind has won the presidential election after securing over two-thirds of the total electoral college votes. Mr Kovind will be sworn-in as the 14th President of India on July 25. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Ram Nath Kovind for winning the presidential election. PM Modi tweeted: “Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure.” Flowers and extra security had arrived at the former Bihar governor’s home in Delhi long before the official announcement and sweets were passed around at his hometown in Uttar Pradesh. The counting of votes for the presidential election began at 11 am today. The contest, between the ruling NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind and the Opposition’s Meira Kumar, both Dalits, had seen nearly 99 per cent lawmakers and legislators cast their vote – the highest ever. Voting had taken place on July 17.

Speaking after his victory, President-elect Ram Nath Kovind said, “Me being elected President is a message for a person who has walked on an honest path. Thoughts of serving my nation have brought me this far”. He went on to say that “My job will be to uphold and protect the Constitution of India”.

“I salute all the people of India,” Mr Kovind said as he narrated that “I never thought that I will become president one day. It was never my goal. But for the country, for society, my hard work has brought me till here”.

“I congratulate and thank opposition candidate Meira Kumar,” he said. Speaking about his responsibility as India’s first citizen, Mr Kovind said, “It is a great responsibility to be elected to the post that has been graced by great men like Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Shri Pranab Mukherjee”.

On his victory, he said “Personally this is an emotional moment for me.”

Speaking about his humble background as a farmer’s son, Mr Kovind said, “It has been raining in Delhi since the morning. Rains remind me of my village, of our kachcha home with walls of mud and a roof that could not repel water during the monsoon. My siblings and I used to stand and wait for the rains to end. Today there are many Ram Nath Kovinds who are getting wet in the rain, working hard, toiling in the fields for one square meal in the evening. Today I want to tell them that I will be their representative in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.”

Meanwhile, Meira Kumar who lost to Kovind, congratulated President- elect, saying her fight for secularism and the oppressed will continue.

“I congratulate Sh. Ram Nath Kovindji for becoming the President of India.

“My best wishes are with Sh. Kovindji as it has fallen upon him to uphold the Constitution in letter & spirit in these challenging times,” she tweeted.

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