The oath taking ceremony is administered by the Chief Justice of India or in his absence, the senior-most Judge of the Supreme Court.
His childhood spent in a mud house in a small village, Ram Nath Kovind moved into the palatial Rashtrapati Bhavan today as the 14th President of India, underscoring his strong belief in the Constitution which promises equality to every citizen.
Remembering his predecessors, including Rajendra Prasad, S Radhakrishnan, A P J Abdul Kalam and Pranab Mukherjee, Kovind said the country's Independence was the result of efforts by thousands of patriotic freedom fighters led by Mahatma Gandhi.
After the ceremony, Pranab Mukherjee gave the new President a tour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan; he will then head for 10, Rajaji Marg, where a freshly-painted British-era bungalow with sloping red-tiled roof and fitted with chimneys, wide lawns and gardens awaits its new resident. Along with this exchange of seat with Pranab Mukherjee happened. He defeated Opposition's Meira Kumar by a clear margin of 65.6 percent votes.
The ceremony will be attended by the Prime Minister, the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, the Chief Justice of India and Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Also, A 21-gun salute given in the honor of President Kovind.
As per parliamentary tradition, the Vice-President reads the first and last paragraphs of the Hindi or English translations of the President'sspeech.
"Very inspiring address by President Ram Nath Kovind Ji, which beautifully summed up the essence of India's strengths, democracy and diversity".
"Our leaders will tell the community what our government has done in choosing Kovind as president and how we are thankful to PM Modi", said Vinod Sonkar. Union Minister Uma Bharti and BJP Vice Presidential candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu went up to Sonia Gandhi and spoke to her.
■ Social Worker: He is also a lifetime custodian of Divya Prem Seva Mission that serves leprosy patients located on the banks of Ganga in Haridwar, said a report in TotalTV. Also, he served as the 35th Governor of Bihar.
Only the 2nd Dalit leader ever to be elected to the post, kovind did his graduation in law from a Kanpur college.
The new President and the Ex-President left the Central Hall in a ceremonial procession to the tune of "Slow March", accepting greetings with folded hands.
Two other chief ministers were similarly accosted by MPs from their state - Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
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