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Ram Nath Kovind swearing in ceremony Live Updates: President-elect pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat

25 July, 2017 4:54 AM
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Ram Nath Kovind swearing in ceremony Live Updates: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind will be sworn in as the 14th President of India today. The swearing-in ceremony will take place in Parliament-House. As per the tradition, Kovind will come to Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt escorted by the Military Secretary to the President. It has been learned that Kovind will also visit Raj Ghat. The 71-year-old defeated opposition candidate Meira Kumar. The former Bihar governor managed to secure 65.65 percent of the votes in the electoral college. In Parliament, Kovind will be welcomed by the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and the Vice-President Hamid Ansari , who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha. Kovind will be escorted to the Central Hall. As per norm, Kovind will be administered the oath of office and secrecy by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar. Apart from them Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers and governors will be present in the event. Pranab Mukherjee had completed his five-year term yesterday.

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.

11:05 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.

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.

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.

10:25 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

8:52 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.

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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