Gladdened by extensive support to Ram Nath Kovind for President: PM Modi

Kovind, a BJP leader who has served as a Rajya Sabha MP and later was appointed the Governor of Bihar, will be the second Dalit President of the country after KR Narayanan.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 20, 2017 5:37 pm
Prume Minister Narendra Modi with President Elect Ramnath Kovind. (File)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to twitter to congratulate Ramnath Kovind after he won the 14th presidential elections defeating Opposition candidate Meira Kumar on Thursday. He won the elections garnering two-thirds of the total vote. “Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure,” tweeted Modi.

In a series of tweet, prime minister thanked the members of the electoral college for extended support to NDA candidate Ramnath Kovind. “Gladdened by the extensive support for Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji among MPs & across various states. I thank members of the electoral college,” he tweeted.

Celebrating President’s victory, PM Modi also posted a 20 years before and present picture of them.

In an another tweet, he also congratulated Congress candidate Meira Kumar for her campaign. Kumar, also a Dalit, polled in 1844 votes with a value of 367314.

“I also congratulate @meira_kumar Ji for her campaign, which was in the spirit of the democratic ethos & values we all are proud of,” tweeted PM Modi.

Kovind, a BJP leader who has served as a Rajya Sabha MP and later was appointed the Governor of Bihar, will be the second Dalit President of the country after KR Narayanan. Kovind’s victory was a foregone conclusion due to the NDA’s numerical strength in Parliament and the backing of non-NDA parties like the BJD, JD(U), TRS and AIADMK.

Speaking after his victory, President-elect Ram Nath Kovind said, “My job will be to uphold and protect the Constitution of India”.

Kovind headed the SC and ST wings of Bhartiya Janata Party and served two terms in Rajya Sabha–1994-2000 and 2000- 2006. He has also been the national spokesperson of the BJP.

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  1. B
    Jul 21, 2017 at 6:58 am
    feku PM and now feku president,all fekus welcome to live in india and all antifekus please leave india
    1. D
      Jul 21, 2017 at 12:25 am
      Kovind A fake dalit.feku appointed him as his b I t ch who will put YES on everything feku say.
      1. I
        Jul 21, 2017 at 2:42 am
        If you show your comment to your dear parents, they will sure teach you some manners.
      2. G
        Jul 20, 2017 at 8:13 pm
        Thanks Moodi G we too gladdened for your tireless effort by hijacking the spine less Tamilnadu MLA's and getting their support for your puppet President bravo. you are the tallest , weightiest also most opportunistic PM This country has ever seen .. dedicate this victary too gausevaks who kept and keeping india's pride world wide .
        1. R
          Jul 20, 2017 at 8:55 pm
          burn...just burn...lovi'n it :)
        2. Jagdish Chandra
          Jul 20, 2017 at 6:33 pm
          Indian public representatives has proved that liberal credential is deep rooted in India, despite political rivalry among parties that is stage show that to the international community that India biggest democracy is not merely words but proved its deeds. Here is significant to note that totalitarian regime by virtue of windfall get special place in world as economic and military segment dare to dictate to world biggest liberal setup meddling over Kashmir standoff with Pakistan , may dreaming in day light.