Jawaharlal Nehru, Narayanan find no place in Ram Nath Kovind's inaugural speech

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

The event will be attended by lawmakers of both the Houses, Rajya Sabha (Upper House) and Lok Sabha (Lower House). Also, by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar took the oath of a new president and Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, MPs and senior civil and military officers, Union ministers, governors, chief ministers, ambassadors they all were there during the oath.

It is to be noted that the President took names of Rajendra Prasad, S Radhakrishnan, APJ Abdul Kalam, Pranab Mukherjee, Sardar Patel, Bhimrao Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyay in his inaugural speech.

Heavy rain pours down as former President Pranab Mukherjee makes his last official visit to his residence the Rashtrapati Bhavan after visiting the parliament in the capital New Delhi on Tuesday.

A black presidential limousine, with Mr Mukherjee in the right and Mr Kovind on the left, followed by President's cavalcade and escorted by PBG's equestrian procession escorted them to Parliament.

Soon after taking charge as President of India, Kovind made an exemplary speech wherein he promised to stay true to the path laid by his predecessor and freedom fighters. He defeated INC candidate Meira Kumar by clinching nearly 65.65 per cent of the total 702,044 electoral votes.

In the year from 1998-2002, Kovind has been the Chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Scheduled Caste Morcha and the President of the All-India Koli Samaj. An Inter-Services Guard of Honour was given to Ram Nath Kovind in the forecourt at the 300-acre Raisina Hill and courtesies were extended to the outgoing President.

Neither did KR Narayanan, the first Dalit to be elected President of India (Kovind is the second Dalit to occupy the august office). He served as BJP's national spokesperson between 2010 and 2012 and was appointed as the Governor of Bihar in 2015. He addressed the nation at Central Hall of Parliament for the first time as India's President.

Ram Nath Kovin was born on 1st October 1945 in Paraukh village which is present in Uttar Pradesh.

President Pranab Mukherjee signs the visitors book at Hyderabad House on the occasion of the farewell hosted for him by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as President-elect Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President Hamid Ansari looks on, in New Delhi on Saturday.

The 71 years old Kovind said "The key to India's success is its diversity".

Kovind added, "Even today the country will have so many Ram Nath Kovinds working as daily wagers, farmers ... sweating for their next meal".

Vanessa Coleman

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