Ram Nath Kovind was on Tuesday sworn in as the 14th President of India with Chief Justice JS Khehar administering the oath of office in Parliament’s Central Hall.
He took oath in the presence of Pranab Mukherjee, 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.
After exchanging seats with Mukherjee, a 21-gun salute was given in Kovind’s honour.
Taking the baton from outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee, Kovind is now the second Dalit President of India after KR Narayanan who was elected to the post in the year 1997 after serving as the Vice President of India in 1992.
02: 10 PM IST | Former President Pranab Mukherjee given Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhawan. He will now be shifted to 10 Rajaji Marg in New Delhi.
12: 45 PM IST | People celebrate at village of President Ram Nath Kovind in Kanpur Dehat district in Uttar Pradesh after he was sworn-in as the 14th President of India.
12: 33 PM IST | President Ram Nath Kovind leaves Parliament. He will escort outgoing president Pranab Mukherjee to his new address at 10 Rajaji Marg in New Delhi.
12: 23 PM IST | Asserting that all the Indians are one and will remain same, Ram Nath Kovind says, “I feel privileged to walk on the same path as Dr.Radhakrishnan, Dr. Abdul Kalam and Pranab da.”
12: 20 PM IST | Addressing to the parliament in his first speech after becoming President of India, Ram Nath Kovind expresses gratitude to bestow him to the highest office of the nation.
“I am accepting this position with all humility and I am grateful for this responsibility,” says President Ram Nath Kovind
12: 13 PM IST | President-elect Ram Nath Kovind takes oath as India’s 14th President.
12: 01 PM IST | Ram Nath Kovind and Pranab Mukherjee are heading to the Parliament where he will be taking oath as the 14th President of India.
Kovind is scheduled to address the Parliament today.
11: 40 AM IST | President-elect reached reached Rashtrapati Bhawan.
10: 45 AM IST | Earlier today, President-elect Ram Nath Kovind visited Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi.
Kovind, dressed in a black safari suit, was accompanied by his wife. He paid floral tributes to the Father of the Nation.
The 71-year-old Kovind was also presented a Gandhi memento.
Ram Nath Kovind has won the presidential election after securing over two-thirds of the total electoral college votes.
10: 00 AM IST | Ram Nath Kovind’s family members arrive at the Parliament ahead of his swearing-in, say they are extremely happy and proud. Kovind is slated to take oath as the 14th President of India at 12:15 PM IST today.