My win is message to those discharging their duties with integrity: Ram Nath Kovind

In first remarks after the triumph, 71-year-old Kovind, former Bihar Governor, recalled his ‘kutcha’ home of mud walls in a village in Uttar Pradesh where “the straw roof would not be able to stop water during the rain” and “we all brothers and sisters would huddle around a wall, waiting for the rain to stop”.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: July 21, 2017 9:32 am
Ram Nath kovind, Meira Kumar, Ram nath kovind President, President of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Ram Nath Kovind on becoming the 14th President of India.

Ram Nath Kovind, fielded by the ruling NDA for the highest office in the land, was elected the 14th President of India Thursday. He will be sworn in on July 25, the first from the BJP and the second Dalit to enter the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Kovind secured the votes of 65.65 per cent of the electoral college while the remaining 34.35 per cent went to Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker and also a Dalit.

In first remarks after the triumph, 71-year-old Kovind, former Bihar Governor, recalled his ‘kutcha’ home of mud walls in a village in Uttar Pradesh where “the straw roof would not be able to stop water during the rain” and “we all brothers and sisters would huddle around a wall, waiting for the rain to stop”.

“There would be so many Ram Nath Kovinds in the country today, getting drenched in the rain, doing farm work, labour and sweating it out so that they can get their evening meals. I want to tell them that this Ram Nath Kovind of Paraunkh village is going to Rashtrapati Bhavan as their representative,” the President-elect said.

“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,” he told reporters. “I am feeling emotional.” Kovind secured the support of 2,930 with a value of 7,02,044 votes while 1,844 with a value of 3,67,314 votes backed Kumar in an electoral college of 4,896 with a total value of 10,69,358 votes.

Expressing happiness over the “extensive support” for Kovind in the electoral college, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure.”

When they met soon after, Modi offered Kovind a sweet and a stole while BJP president Amit Shah looked on. Shah said Kovind’s elections was a “victory for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised and their aspirations”. The Prime Minister also congratulated Meira Kumar “for her campaign, which was in spirit of the democratic ethos & values we all are proud of”.

Kumar, on her part, congratulated Kovind, saying it has now fallen on him to uphold the Constitution in letter and spirit in “these challenging times”. She said that her fight for secularism, the oppressed and the marginalised would continue.

Those who greeted Kovind included Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI national secretary D Raja, Chief Ministers, MPs and MLAs.

Extending her best wishes to Kovind, Sonia Gandhi, in a statement, said: “The President of India enjoys a unique position as defender and protector of the Constitution, upholder of democratic traditions and as supreme commander of the Indian armed forces.” Among the Chief Ministers who called was Nitish Kumar of Bihar whose party, the JD (U), broke Opposition ranks to back Kovind’s candidature.

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    Amrita
    Jul 21, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    i like his humility and the fact he got cross votes easily. Destiny has brought him here. Now he will have to deliver and im certain he will rise to the faith reposed in him.. will the IE do the needful re offensive messages from polluted minds who wish to spread poison and hatred.
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      Birendra
      Jul 21, 2017 at 1:07 pm
      feku is inserting sweet into his mouth and soon Xiping is going to insert a bamboo into fekus back passage,MORONJI your days are over you have underestimated the indian public you are gone back to railways tea to the public in 2019,most Moron PM of the world
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        K.Suresh
        Jul 21, 2017 at 11:32 am
        Victory belongs to Meira. Voters do her bidding : 'vote according to your conscience'.
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          T DUTTA
          Jul 21, 2017 at 10:21 am
          WHEN A VOTER VOTES FOR A CANDIDATE IT IS A CONSCIOUS VOTE---HE DOES NOT VOTE IN AN UNCONCIOUS STATE---IF HE IS UNCONSCIOUS HOW CAN HE VOTE?---every vote is a conscious vote
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            K.Suresh
            Jul 21, 2017 at 11:23 am
            You are mistaking Conscience Vote with Conscious Vote.
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            Jyotirmoy Sarma
            Jul 21, 2017 at 10:19 am
            Great and inspiring message from new President of India. For prosperity in India, more and more persons of integrity should occupy high positions in Government offices.
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              T DUTTA
              Jul 21, 2017 at 10:17 am
              CONSCIOUS VOTE-----there is a wrong interpretation of conscious vote---CONSCIOUS VOTE DOES NOT MEAN VOTING AGAINST THE PARTY NOMINATED CANDIDATE-----WHEN A PERSON VOTES IN FAVOUR OF PARTY NOMINATED CANDIDATE IT IS ALSO CONSCIOUS VOTE----those who are voting for the party nominated candidate are not votng against their conscious---THEY ARE ALSO NOT VOTING UNCONSIOUSLY
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                Raj
                Jul 21, 2017 at 9:31 am
                You are useful to your masters today because they need your votes in 2019. Nothing else. So stop fooling yourself and the rest of the country.
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                  Onkar Singh
                  Jul 21, 2017 at 9:11 am
                  The men who first nominated you for the Presidency have blood of the people of Gujarat on their hands! Somewhere you are being naive that you are equating your win with those who are discharging their duties with "integrity",as if to say you have all along in your life you have discharged your duties with integrity.Sorry Sir. Now is time when the entire country will watch you how you intend to discharge your own duties hereafter on the yardstick of "integrity"( a bench mark you have yourself marked)( I don't know whether you have marked it for yourself or for others, because you are a lawyer by profession,later on you can turn around and deny that it was not for myself but for others.After all you are a politician from the Indian soil: who are corrupt to the core of their bones!!! Your first test will when you express your anguish in favour of the deprived sections of the country,Mr. President!!!
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                    shiravanthe sridhar
                    Jul 21, 2017 at 11:51 am
                    You are super SC over the normal SC( supreme court ) start accepting court verdict before passing your prejudiced judgement full of venom, typical of intolerant sickular commie pseudo liberal NMI( non Muslim islamist) who are more dangerous than ISIS.
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