NDA’s candidate Ram Nath Kovid has been elected as the 14th President of India on July 20. Kovind won the Presidential position after beating Meira Kumar of the opposition by garnering two-thirds of the total vote.
The 71-year-old Dalit leader, who will be following the footsteps of President Pranab Mukherjee, has received over seven lakh votes which sums up to about 65 per cent of the votes cast while Kumar could only get 3.6 lakh votes.
Talking about his victory, Kovind said that he had never thought that he would be elected as the President, but his love for the nation has brought him here, reported Indian Express.
“I thank all who supported me from across country, I feel very emotional, I’ll represent all struggling to make a living. I promise to serve the nation with all honesty,” he said.
While Meira Kumar claimed that the battle against her values and ideologies will continue.
Congratulating Kovind on his victory, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure.”
In a series of tweet, PM Modi also thanked the members of the Electoral College for extended support to the NDA candidate. He also posted a 20 years before and present picture of him and Kovind.
Many other politicians including MM Joshi, N Chandrababu Naidu, Suresh Prabhu, Sharad Pawar, Nitish Kumar, Nitin Gadkari also gave their best wishes to Kovind.