Referring to spiritual leaders and social reformers from Kerala like Adi Shankaracharya, Sree Narayana Guru and Ayyankali, Ram Nath kovind said the southern state was "one of the leading spiritual homes in our country and composite society".
A lawyer, politician and long-time advocate of integrity and an egalitarian society, Kovind served as the 36th governor of Bihar -- from August 16, 2015, to June 20, 2017 -- before the ruling NDA selected him as their presidential candidate.
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”.
“Kovindji has got 116 votes more than the votes of NDA, which means many voters went by their conscience and voted for Kovindji. He got votes from all states, and the entire electoral college voted for him in Andhra Pradesh.
The 2017 presidential election results are expected today. This year, a total of 95 candidates filed nominations for the top Constitutional post, of which 93 were rejected on various grounds, leaving only NDA's Ram Nath Kovind and Opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the fray. The winner will become the 14th President of India. Here is how the earlier president were elected.
Call him India’s Missile Man or the People’s President. APJ Abdul Kalam was many things. And during his lifetime, he tried his best to practise what he preached. We look back at some of his quotes on his death anniversary.