Ram Nath Kovind becomes 14th President, PM Modi tweets throwback photo
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted the perfect throwback picture on Thursday, Ram Nath Kovind was declared the next President of India,india Updated: Jul 20, 2017 20:27 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted the perfect throwback picture on Thursday, Ram Nath Kovind was declared the next President of India, wishing the NDA’s pick a “fruitful & inspiring tenure”.
20 years ago and the present…always been a privilege to know you, President Elect. pic.twitter.com/IkhnOtYf8N— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2017
Of the two pictures, one shows much younger Modi and Kovind smiling, while the other is a present-day capture. Modi wrote: “20 years ago and the present… always been a privilege to know you, President Elect”.
National Democratic Alliance candidate Kovind secured a massive victory over the Opposition’s candidate and former Lok Sabha speaker, Meira Kumar. Replacing Pranab Mukherjee, whose term ends on July 24, Kovind will be the second Dalit President after KR Narayanan.
Voting to pick India’s 14th President took place on July 17.
In a series of tweets, Modi thanked the electoral college for their “extensive support for Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji”.
Gladdened by the extensive support for Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji among MPs & across various states. I thank members of the electoral college.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2017
He also congratulated Opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar for her campaign:
I also congratulate @meira_kumar Ji for her campaign, which was in spirit of the democratic ethos & values we all are proud of.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2017
The President-elect, in his address, admitted that it was an “emotional moment” for him. “I never thought I will become president, it was never my goal,” said Kovind.
First Published: Jul 20, 2017 19:01 IST