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  1. Ram Nath Kovind swearing in ceremony Live Updates: PM Modi congratulates President, says speech was inspiring

Ram Nath Kovind swearing in ceremony Live Updates: PM Modi congratulates President, says speech was inspiring

Ram Nath Kovind swearing in ceremony Live Updates: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind today took oath as the 14th President of India.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 25, 2017 3:42 PM
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Ram Nath Kovind swearing in ceremony Live Updates: Ram Nath Kovind today took oath as the 14th President of India and emphasized that it is time to take India to great heights. The swearing-in ceremony took place in Parliament House. Chief Justice of India J S Khehar had administered the oath. The 71-year-old is the second Dalit President of the country and first BJP member to be elected to the top post. The event was held at the central hall which was attended by PM Narendra Modi, MPs, Union Ministers and governors of the state. Kovind received 21 gun salute after he took the oath. Pranab Mukherjee had completed his five-year term yesterday.

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03:30 pm: The PTI reported Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, Nitin Gadkari expressing his happiness for President Kovind. “I had good experience working with him. India will surely progress under his governance, who has come forward from the backward class. I wish him all the best” said Gadkari.

03:20 pm: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on being sworn in as the 14th President of the country, as per a PTI report. Das congratulated the president on behalf of the people of the state, an official release said here.

03: 10 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on becoming the 14th President of India. “Congratulations to Hon #RamNathKovind ji on taking oath as the 14th President of India! Honoured to witness oath ceremony,” Fadnavis tweeted.

03:00 pm: Visuals of President Ram Nath Kovind being sworn-in as the 14th President of India.

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12:50 pm: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on becoming the 14th President of India. “Congratulation to #RamNathKovind ji on being sworn in as the 14th President of India,” Parrikar tweeted.

2:40 pm: The Central Hall of Parliament echoed with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and Bharat Mata Ki Jai slogans immediately after Ram Nath Kovind took oath as the new President of India, ABP News reported.

2:35 pm: Visual of President Ram Nath Kovind being sworn-in as the 14th President of India.

(Source: Twitter)

2:30 pm: The President, in his first speech, also said that “Each citizen of India is a nation builder. Each one of us is a custodian of India’s well-being and of the legacy that we will pass on to coming generations.”

2:25 pm: Earlier in his speech, President Ram Nath Kovind had said that “I bow to the 125 crore citizens of this great nation and promise to stay true to the trust they have bestowed on me. I am conscious I am following in the footsteps of stalwarts such as Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, and my immediate predecessor, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, whom we address out of affection as ‘Pranab Da’.”

2:20 PM: Former President Pranab Mukherjee given Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhawan:

(Source: ANI)

2:15 pm: India’s 14th president made special mention of women and their role in nation building. Nations, he said, are not built by governments alone and requires national pride.

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2:10 pm: “The key to India’s success is its diversity. Our diversity is the core that makes us so unique. We need to build an India that is an economic leader as well as a moral exemplar. We need to sculpt a robust, high growth economy, an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society,” the 71-year-old said.

2:05 pm: “We have achieved a lot as a nation, but the effort to do more, to do better and to do faster is relentless. It is appropriate that the land of Lord Buddha should lead the world in its search for peace, tranquillity and ecological balance,” Kovind said.

2:00 pm:  In his first address as president after taking oath at the Central Hall of Parliament, Kovind said there is need to sculpt an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society.

1:56 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind receives Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

1:53 pm: Elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 1994 from Uttar Pradesh, he served two consecutive terms till March 2006.

1:50 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind, who headed Dalit Morcha from 1998 to 2002, also led the All-India Koli Samaj.

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1:47 pm: A commerce graduate, Kovind studied law at the Kanpur University, practised in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court. He was also the central government’s standing counsel in the apex court from 1980-93

1:42 pm: The 71-year-old leader born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, had also earned the support of the JD(U), which broke ranks with the “mahagathbandhan” because of his non-confrontational approach as governor of the state.

1:38 pm: Kovind was elected with 65 per cent of votes defeating Meira Kumar to occupy the top post.

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1:35 pm: Once the oath taking was over, Kovind and Mukherjee exchanged seats on the dais after which the new president delivered his maiden speech as president.

1:30 pm: After he took oath, Ram Nath Kovind was given a 21-gun salute to mark the assumption of office of the highest constitutional post in the country.

1:25 pm: Former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Devegowda, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, former deputy prime minister L K Advani as well as Union ministers and foreign dignitaries were also present on the occasion.

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1:20 pm: The 71-year-old took oath in Hindi to thunderous applause and thumping of desks by the gathering, including Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee and former president Pratibha Patil.

1:15 pm: Kovind was administered the oath of office to “preserve, protect and defend the constitution and law” by Chief Justice of India J S Kehar in an impressive ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament.

1:10 pm: Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji on taking oath as the President of India. Inspiring address by President Ram Nath Kovind Ji, which beautifully summed up essence of India’s strengths, democracy and diversity, says PM Narendra Modi.

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1:05 pm: The road from Rashtrapati Bhavan to Parliament was lined with jawans of the armed forces. The morning had begun with the president-elect offering floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

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1:00 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind reached Rastrapati Bhawan after swearing-in ceremony.

12:55 pm: Mukherjee took the last salute of the President’s Bodyguard (PBG) with President-elect Kovind standing to his left.

12:51 pm: He and his successor then drove down Raisina Hill to the Central Hall of the Parliament in a black limousine. Escorting them was grand equestrian procession by the PBG, dressed in white ceremonial uniforms and blue turbans with gold ornamental work.

12:47 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind on his way to Rashtrapati Bhawan after swearing-in ceremony.

12:45 pm: The elaborate ceremony for change of guard in India’s highest Constitutional office started today with a gentle knock on the door of President-elect Ram Nath Kovind’s Akbar Road residence.

12:40 pm: It was Military Secretary to the President, Major General Anil Khosla, inviting 71-year old Kovind and his wife Savita to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where President Pranab Mukherjee was waiting for them in the study.

12:33 pm: People celebrated at village of President Ram Nath Kovind in Kanpur Dehat district after being sworn-in as the 14th President of India.

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12:30 pm: President Kovind and former head of state Mukherjee are heading towards 10, Rajaji Marg.

12:28 pm: Our efforts will pave way for a more developed India, I come from a very simple background and the journey has been long, says President Kovind.

12:26 pm: India believes in philosophy of ‘World is one family’. A lot more needs to be achieved. We have to take India to great heights, says President

12:23 pm: A nation grows when the development for all is ensured. Proud of our diversity, inclusive growth is way forward, says President Kovind.

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12:21 pm: I feel privileged to walk on the same path as Dr.Radhakrishnan, Dr. Abdul Kalam and Pranab da, says President Ram Nath Kovind.

12:17 pm: I accept the President’s post with all humility, says Ram Nath Kovind. I come from a small village in the country. I am grateful to all Indians who gave me this post

12:15 pm: President Ram Nath Kovind is addressing after taking oath.

12:13 pm: Ram Nath Kovind has taken oath as 14th President of India. As per norm, Kovind was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar.

12:07 pm: At the Parliament central hall, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, MPs, MLAs, Union Ministers and Governor of states are present.

12:04 pm: Ram Nath Kovind and Pranab Mukherjee have reached Parliament.

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12:00 pm: President’s bodyguard have escorted President’s limousine to Parliament

11:55 am: The proceedings of the Lok Sabha were adjoured till 3.00 PM today to allow members and ministers participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Ramnath Kovind as the 14th President of India.

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11:51 am: Ram Nath Kovind, Pranab Mukherjee were given guard of honour by President’s Guard.

11:49 am: Earlier, President-elect Ram Nath Kovind, who will be sworn in as India’s 14th president, offered his respects to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

11:47 am: At around 11.15 AM, a carcade arrived from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to take him for the elaborate oath-taking ceremony.

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11:44 am: At the presidential palace, which will soon be his new home, Kovind, accompanied by his wife, met President Pranab Mukherjee who was waiting for them in the study.

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11:38 am: Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 PM to enable members participate in the swearing-in ceremony of the President.

11:35 am: Ram Nath Kovind succeeds Pranab as India’s 14th President. Kovind is India’s second Dalit President. Kovind was Bihar governor from 2015 – 2017

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11:30 am: Lok Sabha was adjourned till 3 PM to allow members to participate in the President’s swearing-in ceremony.

11:28 am:  “The guidance I received from President Pranab Mukherjee will help me immensely. I am sure those who worked with him feel the same,” the prime minister said.

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11:25 am: Describing Pranab Mukherjee as extremely knowledgeable and simple, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said the guidance he received from the outgoing president will help him immensely.

11:20 am: Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee and Kovind are having a one-on-one discussion on important files and policies before leaving for the Central hall.

11:18 am: Opposition leaders gather inside Parliament to protest against suspension of 6 INC members from the Lok Sabha.

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11:16 am: Kovind has also invited three of his friends — Satish Chandra Misra, Madhusudan Goel and Dr Jai Gopal — to attend the oath-taking ceremony.

11:14 am: Kovind’s sister-in-law carried with her ‘Rasiaur’, a sweet dish made with rice and sugarcane juice, and ‘Laddus’, which are among Kovind’s favourite foods.

11:12 am: Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 PM in view of President-elect Ram Nath Kovind’s swearing in today.

11:10 am: Kovind’s elder brother Pyarelal, sister-in-law Vidyavati, cousins Deepak, Pankaj, Shivkumar, Hemlata and Kamlesh, and Alok, the elder brother’s son-in-law, will be present at the swearing-in ceremony.

11:07 am: PM Modi also stated that from 1947 till now India reached new heights but till 2022 India will become a power to reckon with in the world, says Kumar

11:05 am: Meanwhile, At Parliamentary party meet PM Modi talked about the 70th Independence Day celebrations, said we’ll start celebrations from 9th August, says Ananth Kumar.

11:02 am: Ram Nath Kovind also represented India in United Nations and addressed the UN General Assembly in October, 2002.

11:00 am: Ram Nath Kovind served as member of the board of management of the BR Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He also served as member of board of governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

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10:55 am: Ram Nath Kovind’s family members have arrived at the Parliament ahead of his swearing-in. Family said that they are extremely happy and proud.

10:52 am: He was appointed as the Governor of Bihar on August 8, 2015. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh during the two terms of 1994-2000 and 2000-2006.

10:47 am: He was enrolled as an advocate in 1971 with the Bar Council of Delhi. He became the Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court in 1978 and practised in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years till 1993.

10:42 am: Kovind has been the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Scheduled Caste Morcha chief (1998-2002) and the President of the All-India Koli Samaj. He also served as the national spokesperson of the party. The saffron party had even tired to project him as an alternative to Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh.

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10:38 am: A lawyer by profession, Kovind has worked extensively in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

10:35 am: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat. He will go to Rashtrapati Bhawan.

10:30 am: Kovind, a National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee last Thursday won the presidential elections by defeating Opposition candidate Meira Kumar. After final round of counting, Kovind got 7,02,044 votes out of a total of 10,69,358 while his opponent and former Lok Sabha speaker Kumar secured 3,67,314 votes.

10:28 am: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind has left his residence for Rajghat, according to ANI report

10:25 am: After the event the new president and Mukherjee will proceed towards Rashtrapati Bhavan where outgoing President will give Kovind a tour of the official residence.

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10:21 am: At Parliament, stage would be shared by President and President-elect, Speaker, Vice President and Chief Justice of India. After the oath of new President a 21-gun salute will be honored followed by the acceptance speech of President elect Kovind.

10:17 am: Then, outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee and Kovind will have a one-on-one discussion on important files and policies before leaving for the Central hall.

10:15 am: Before the ceremony, Kovind is scheduled to visit Rajghat where he will pay tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi

10:10 am: Chief Justice J.S. Khehar will be swearing in the new President at a ceremonial function in the Parliament House.

10:06 am: Before the ceremony, Kovind is scheduled to visit Rajghat where he will pay tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi

10:02 am: Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi has arrived for BJP’s parliamentary party meeting at Library Building of Parliament.

10:00 am: Kovind’s sister-in-law carried with her ‘Rasiaur’, a sweet dish made with rice and sugarcane juice, and ‘Laddus’, which are among Kovind’s favourite foods.

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9:55 am: Meanwhile, eight members of the President-elect’s family left for the national capital last night by the Shram Shakti Express. Kovind’s elder brother Pyarelal, sister-in-law Vidyavati, cousins Deepak, Pankaj, Shivkumar, Hemlata and Kamlesh, and Alok, the elder brother’s son-in-law, will be present at the swearing-in ceremony.

9:52 am: BJP activists will celebrate the day as the “Gaurav Diwas” in Kanpur, district unit president Surendra Maithani said.

9:50 am: Thrilled over one of their own ascending to the top-most constitutional post in the country, the management of the BNSD Intermediate College has decided to illuminate the premises and organise a community feast on Tuesday.

9:45 am: Students, teachers and staff of the college where Ram Nath Kovind studied up to intermediate level have planned hearty celebrations for today when he will be sworn-in as the 14th President of India.

9:40 am: When he became a Member of Parliament, people from his village offered money but he said that they should donate it to help getting other women married off. He received about 12 silver crowns, all of which he donated towards this cause.

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9:37  am: Kovind has extended financial help to at least 30 women in his village for getting married.

9:35 am: While Kovind would play Kabaddi and gilli-danda in his childhood, his favourite game was Pithhu-aakash with a stone and a ball. He has memorized certain quatrains of the Ramcharitmanas.

9:30 am: In his village, Kovind’s favourite primary teacher was Shambhudayal Tripathi who taught him Hindi. Kovind was a good swimmer. He would bathe in the Sengar River with his friends on his way to home from school.

9:25 am: Kovind is fond of Sugarcane-rice pudding. Pulses like black-gram and kidney beans are his favourites. The President-elect wears Khadi spun on hand looms, preferably Kurta-pajama. The pajama is cut like pants from a tailor in Lucknow known as Noor Lahak.

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9:20 am: Ram Nath Kovind’s first vehicle was a Vespa scooter which he bought at the age of 30, in 1975. He had been married for a year by then.

9:18 am: The polling was marked by cross-voting in various states where many opposition members favoured Kovind.

9:15 am: The vice-presidential election will be held on August 5. While BJP has nominated a former party president, Venkaiah Naidu, the opposition has fielded former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi.

9:10 am: The electoral college comprises of Members of Parliament and members of legislative assemblies of all states. While the value of an MLA’s vote depends on the population of his or her state, the value of an MP’s vote remains the same at 708.

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9:05 am: While 522 MPs voted for Kovind, Kumar secured support of 225 parliamentarians.

9:02 am: A total of 768 out of 771 eligible MPs cast votes. Likewise, 4083 out of 4109 eligible MLAs cast their votes, registering a turnout of nearly 100 percent.

9:00 am: PM Narendra Modi and BJP had played a masterstroke by fielding a Dalit candidate as part of its outreach to woo the backward communities, which several opposition parties found difficult to oppose given the political sensitivites.

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8:57 am: This forced the opposition to follow suit and put up Meira Kumar, a diplomat- turned-politician, in a Dalit vs Dalit fight.

8:55 am: Even after the UP victory, the BJP-led NDA was slightly short of majority and had to rely on the support of non-NDA parties such as TRS in Telangana, AIADMK factions and DMK in Tamil Nadu, the JD(U) in Bihar, and BJD in Odisha

8:52 am: Kovind’s victory is partly due to the BJP’s massive victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections earlier this year. This gave the party a big boost in the electoral college numbers, as per reports.

8:50 am: He is also the second Dalit to occupy Rashtrapati Bhavan after K.R. Narayanan. Previous presidents have included a Sikh and two Muslims.

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8:47 am: Kovind is the first BJP member to be elected president.

8:45 am: “I never aspired to be the president. My win is a message to those discharging their duties with integrity. My election as the President is an evidence of the greatness of Indian democracy,” Kovind told the media after his victory was announced. “I am feeling emotional.”

8:40 am: The winning margin was not as big as forecast by the BJP, which had projected a 70 per cent vote for Kovind. Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee had received votes valued at 7,13,763.

8:35 am: A former Bihar governor, Kovind received 2930 votes with a value of 7,02,044, said election Returning Officer Anoop Mishra. Kumar got 1844 votes with a value of 3,67,314.

8:30 am: Ram Nath Kovind, a low-key lawyer-turned-politician, was elected as India’s 14th President, the first BJP member and the second Dalit to occupy the country’s highest office.

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