Mr Kovind had made the big transition -- in five days, he will move into the 5-acre presidential palace built in 330-acre estate in the heart of the capital. In a brief statement, the President-elect, 71, spoke of the millions who had not .
"Today there are many Ram Nath Kovinds who are getting drenched in the rain, working hard, toiling in the fields for one square meal in the evening," he said, calling himself their "representative in the Rashtrapati Bhavan".
The second Dalit President of India after KR Narayanan, Mr Kovind admitted it was an "emotional moment" for him to be elected to the country's highest office. But one, he hastened to add, that he had never thought about or worked towards.
The government-backed candidate, a Dalit leader, pitted against the opposition's Meira Kumar won 65.65 per cent votes cast by an electoral college of parliamentarians and state lawmakers on Monday. "I realise it is a great responsibility," he said, pledging to uphold the Constitution. He will be sworn in on July 25.