Ram Nath Kovind Takes Oath As 14th President of India: Highlights

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Ram Nath Kovind Takes Oath As 14th President of India: Highlights

Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th President of India, takes over from Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi:  President-elect Ram Nath Kovind today became the 14th President today at a ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament. President Kovind was administered oath by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar. Mr Kovind's swearing-in ceremony was attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, union ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Ambassadors and other diplomats, MPs and senior civil and military officers. President-elect Ram Nath Kovind began the day with a visit to Rajghat to pay his respect to Mahatma Gandhi before heading to Rashtrapati Bhavan where he was received by President Pranab Mukherjee. Last week, Ram Nath Kovind, who was the former Governor of Bihar won the 2017 presidential election against opposition candidate Meira Kumar, the former Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Mr Kovind got 65.65 per cent of the total votes which totalled 702,044 electoral college votes. Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th President of India.
 

Here are the highlights from Ram Nath Kovind's swearing-in ceremony as the 14th President of India:


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15:02 (IST)
Photos of President Kovind being sworn-in as the 14th President of India
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Ram Nath Kovind Takes Oath As President, Says 'Unity Is The Way Forward'
President Kovind recalled his days as a member of Parliament and said, "Often we agreed, sometimes we disagreed. But we learnt to respect each other and that is the beauty of democracy."
Jul 25, 2017
12:37 (IST)
President Ram Nath Kovind's first tweet
Jul 25, 2017
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This is the land where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment...We have, over the years, achieved a lot as a country, and we need to carry that forward. Vasudeva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) is the essence of our culture
Jul 25, 2017
12:27 (IST)
Every Indian is contributing to nation building: President
Today, women and men are working hard and standing shoulder to shoulder in all fields of life. Our farmers and scientists work day and night to make us all proud. We are proud of our teachers who are giving good values and educating the generations to come and the soldier who ensures that were are all safe.
Jul 25, 2017
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It is now time we show the world what India is capable of: President
We are a country of great diversity, yet have shown that unity is the way forward. We are a peaceful nation and are now at a stage where we have to take the country forward...We are proud of our heritage and culture. It is now time we show the world what India is capable of.
Jul 25, 2017
12:23 (IST)
I will stand by and represent all 125 crore fellow Indians: President Kovind
I will stand by and represent all 125 crore fellow Indians. I understand the massive responsibility that this is. I feel privileged to walk on the same path as Dr.Radhakrishnan, Dr. Abdul Kalam and Pranab da. I hope to live up to that greatness.
Jul 25, 2017
12:19 (IST)
There are lots of memories that flashed my mind as I walked in to the Parliament today...... A place where we debate and discuss and take the country forward... we may agree at times and disagree at times.

Jul 25, 2017
12:16 (IST)
Honoured to be sworn in as the 14th President of India: President Kovind
Jul 25, 2017
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Update: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind, President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Chief Justice JS Khehar reach the central hall of Parliament, where Mr Kovind will be sworn in as the 14th President of India


Jul 25, 2017
12:06 (IST)
President Pranab Mukherjee and President-elect Ram Nath Kovind leave the Rashtrapati Bhavan and proceed to the Parliament of India, where Mr Kovind will be sworn in as the 14th President of India


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President Pranab Mukherjee and President-elect Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan before leaving to Parliament House


Jul 25, 2017
12:01 (IST)
Watch: What President-elect Ram Nath Kovind said after wining the presidential election

Jul 25, 2017
11:31 (IST)
Update: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind has reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Mr Kovind will be received by President Pranab Mukherjee. They will then proceed to the Parliament House, where President-elect Kovind will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.


Jul 25, 2017
11:11 (IST)
Know Your President - A brief history about President Ram Nath Kovind:

1) Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, is a farmer's son and in known for his humble origins and simple lifestyle.

2) Born on October 1, 1945, in Kanpur Dehat, Ram Nath Kovind is a commerce graduate. He pursued law from Kanpur University.

3) Mr Kovind practiced in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for more than 15 years.

4) He is married to Savita Kovind and has a son and a daughter.

5) Mr Kovind is the former president of BJP Dalit Morcha. He has also served as the BJP's national spokesperson.

6) He was also a two-time Rajya Sabha member from the state of Uttar Pradesh between 1994-2000 and 2000-06.

7) Mr Kovind had worked as a top aide to former Prime Minister Morarji Desai and has represented India at the United Nations in New York.

8) He has also been a member of several Parliamentary Committees, including the committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Social Justice and Empowerment, and Law and Justice.

9) He was appointed as the Governor of Bihar by the Centre three years ago. The septuagenarian became the 36th Governor of Bihar in August 2015. His appointment had surprised many state leaders and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had voiced his displeasure over not being consulted. Though, during his term in Bihar, Governor Kovind hadn't run into no controversy with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

10) He will be the second Dalit President after KR Narayanan to hold the nation's highest office.

Jul 25, 2017
11:08 (IST)
"It's a great responsibility," President-elect Ram Nath Kovind had said after winning the Presidential election.


(Photo: President Ram Nath Kovind's career history)
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10:50 (IST)
Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee and President-elect Ram Nath Kovind will arrive in the central hall of Parliament in a ceremonial procession, where Mr Kovind will be administered oath as the 14th President of India by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar. After the swearing-in ceremony, President Ram Nath Kovind and his predecessor Pranab Mukherjee will exchange seats. A 21-gun salute will be given in his honour and the new President will then deliver his acceptance speech and first address to the nation.


(Ram Nath Kovind and Pranab Mukherjee will change seats after Mr Kovind is sworn in as the 14th President of India)
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10:39 (IST)
President-elect Ram Nath Kovind pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi. From here, he will head to the Rashtrapati Bhavan (presidential palace), where he will be received by outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee.


(Photo: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat ahead of his swearing-in ceremony as the 14th President of India)
Jul 25, 2017
10:34 (IST)
Last week, Ram Nath Kovind, who was the former Governor of Bihar won the 2017 presidential election against opposition candidate Meira Kumar, the former Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Mr Kovind got 65.65 per cent of the total votes which totalled 702,044 electoral college votes.


(Photo: Ram Nath Kovind, Meira Kumar)
Jul 25, 2017
10:32 (IST)
President-elect Ram Nath Kovind will begin the day with a visit to Rajghat to pay his respect to Mahatma Gandhi before heading to Rashtrapati Bhavan where he will be received by outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee. Both will then proceed to the Parliament House together.


(Photo: Ram Nath Kovind, who will be sworn in as the 14th President of India today)
Jul 25, 2017
10:28 (IST)
Those present at the swearing-in ceremony include Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, union ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Ambassadors and other diplomats, MPs and senior civil and military officers.


(Photo: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind with President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi)
Jul 25, 2017
10:24 (IST)
President-elect Ram Nath Kovind will take oath as India's 14th President today at a ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament. Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee and President-elect Kovind will arrive in the Central Hall in a ceremonial procession, where Mr Kovind will be administered oath by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.


(President-elect Ram Nath Kovind with President Pranab Mukherjee)
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