Ram Nath Kovind became the 14th president of India after securing an easy win over defeated opposition candidate Miera Kumar in the presidential election. Kovind secured 2930 votes with a value of 7,02,044 while Meira Kumar got 1,844 votes with the value of 3,67,314, and 77 votes were invalid. He will take oath on July 25
Before contesting Presidential elections, the 71-year-old Kovind was serving as the governor of Bihar. He will be only the second Dalit leader after K.R. Narayanan since independence to occupy India’s highest Constitutional post.
Great belief in ideology I fought for, also believe in inner voice of conscience. Let’s see how much it prevails,” – Meira Kumar, the Opposition’s presidential nominee.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Ram Nath Kovind
Met President Elect Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji and congratulated him. pic.twitter.com/IwFwMdezUY
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2017
In his first comments after his election, Kovind, 71, who will be only the second Dalit to occupy the highest constitutional position, said protecting the Constitution and maintaining its dignity would be his duty.
Pranab Mukherjee congratulated Ram Nath Kovind for being elected the 14th President of India
Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Shri Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the 14th President of India #PresidentMukherjee
— President Mukherjee (@POI13) July 20, 2017
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The Vice-Presidential election will be held on August 5. While former party president Venkaiah Naidu is the NDA candidate, former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi is the Opposition pick.