Rail Fraternity congratulates Shri Ram Nath Kovind on his election as the 14th President of India

Shri Ram Nath Kovind is next President of India, to take oath on July 25, 2017. In his first comments after his election, Shri Ram Nath Kovind asserted that Protecting the Constitution and Maintaining its Dignity would be his first and foremost Duty.
File Pic: Hon’ble President of India new elect ‘Shri Ram Nath Kovind’ seen alongwith the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi at the inauguration-foundation stone laying ceremony of various Railway projects at Hajipur in Bihar on March 12, 2016. The Union Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, the Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Nitish Kumar and other dignitaries are also seen taking part of the inauguration-foundation stone laying function.

NEW DELHI: In his first comments after his election, Kovind, 71, who will be only the second Dalit to occupy the highest constitutional position, asserted that protecting the Constitution and maintaining its dignity would be his duty.

He said he never thought or aspired to be the president but his ‘tireless service’ to his society and country had brought him to this position. This sense of tireless service was an ‘Indian tradition’ and his election as the president was a symbol of the greatness of Indian democracy, Kovind told reporters at his Akbar Road residence.

Shri Ram Nath Kovind

“It is a very emotional moment for me personally. It is raining a lot in Delhi today and it reminds me of days when I would stay in my paternal village. It was a kachcha home of mud walls. The straw roof would not be able to stop water during rains. We all brothers and sisters would huddle around a wall, waiting for the rains to stop,” he said.

“There would be so many Ram Nath Kovinds in the country today, getting drenched in rains, 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 continued.

His election to a position held by distinguished personalities like Rajendra Prasad, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, A P J Abdul Kalam and Pranab Mukherjee had given him a sense of huge responsibility, he said.

An emotional but poised Kovind said his election was a message to all those who were discharging their duties with honesty and integrity.

Citing a Sanskrit proverb, he said he would assure every citizen of the country that he would work relentlessly to serve the country and make everyone happy.

The former Bihar governor and two-term Rajya Sabha member thanked the people of India and elected representatives for showing their confidence in him.

He also sent his good wishes to Meira Kumar, his rival in the election and the Opposition’s candidate.

The 71-year-old Kovind defeated joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, after garnering 65.65 per cent of the votes in the electoral college.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has congratulated Shri Ram Nath Kovind on his election as the 14th President of the Republic of India. In his message, the President has said, “I extend to you my heartiest congratulations on your election as the 14th President of the Republic of India. I also offer my best wishes to you for a successful tenure. May you lead India to the path of democracy, stability and prosperity”.

Expressing happiness over the ‘extensive’ support Kovind got from the electoral college, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, ‘Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure.’

‘Gladdened by the extensive support for Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji among MPs & across various parties. I thank members of the electoral college,’ Modi added in another tweet.

Modi also congratulated opposition nominee Meira Kumar for her campaign, saying it was ‘in the spirit of democratic ethos and values we all are proud of’.

A former Bihar governor, Kovind received 2,930 votes with a value of 7,02,044, said election Returning Officer Anoop Mishra. Kumar got 1,844 votes with a value of 3,67,314. The winning margin was not as big as forecast by the BJP, which had projected a 70 per cent vote for Kovind. Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee had received votes valued at 7,13,763.

Kovind will be the first Bharatiya Janata Party member to be elected president. A total of 768 out of 771 eligible MPs cast votes. Likewise, 4,083 out of 4,109 eligible MLAs cast their votes, registering a turnout of nearly 100 per cent. While 522 MPs voted for Kovind, Mira Kumar secured support of 225 parliamentarians. While the value of an MLA’s vote depends on the population of his or her state, the value of an MP’s vote remains the same at 708.

Kovind is the first BJP member to be elected president. He will take oath of office on July 25 for a five-year term.

Kovind’s victory is partly due to the BJP’s massive victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections earlier this year. This gave the party a big boost in the electoral college numbers.

Even after the UP victory, the BJP-led NDA was slightly short of majority and had to rely on the support of non-NDA parties such as Telangana Rashtra Samiti in Telangana, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam factions and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu, the Janata Dal-United in Bihar, and the Biju Janata Dal in Odisha.

But the party played a masterstroke by fielding a Dalit candidate as part of its outreach to woo the backward communities, which several opposition parties found difficult to oppose given the political sensitivities. This forced the opposition to follow suit and put up Kumar, a diplomat-turned-politician, in a Dalit vs Dalit fight.

Among those who congratulated Kovind were Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, a host of chief ministers and other politician. Soon after, the president-elect met with Modi, who put a piece of sweet in his mouth after putting a stole around his neck, as BJP President Amit Shah looked on. Hailing as ‘historic’ Kovind’s election, Shah said it is a ‘victory for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised and their aspirations’.

State Ram Nath Kovind Meira Kumar
Andhra Pradesh 171 0
Arunachal Pradesh 56 3
Assam 91 35
Bihar 130 109
Chhattisgarh 52 35
Delhi 6 55
Goa 25 11
Gujarat 132 49
Haryana 73 16
Himachal Pradesh 30 37
Jammu and Kashmir 56 13
Jharkhand 51 26
Kerala 1 138
Maharashtra 208 77
Nagaland 56 1
Sikkim 28 1
Tripura 7 53
Uttar Pradesh 335 65
West Bengal 11

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About Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Ram Nath Kovind (born 1 October 1945) is the 14th President of India elected on 20th July 2017. He was the Governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017. He had also served as the Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 2006.

Early life and education

Kovind was born in Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh. His father was a farmer. He holds a Bachelors degree in commerce and a LLB from DAV College, (affiliated with Kanpur University).

Career as Advocate

After graduating in law from a Kanpur college, Kovind went to Delhi to prepare for the civil services examination. He passed this exam on his third attempt, but he did not join as he was selected for an allied service instead of IAS and thus started practicing law. He was Central Government Advocate in the Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979 and served as a Central Government standing counsel in the Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993. In 1978, he became an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India. He practiced in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years until 1993. He was also enrolled as an advocate in 1971 with the bar council of Delhi. As an advocate he provided free legal aid to weaker sections of society, women and the poor under the Free Legal Aid Society in New Delhi. He also served as the personal assistant of Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai in 1977-1978.

BJP Member

Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi attending the family function of Shri Ram Nath Kovind

Shri Ram Nath Kovind joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1991. He was President of the BJP Dalit Morcha between 1998 and 2002 and President of the All-India Koli Samaj.

He also served as national spokesperson of the BJP party. He donated his ancestral home in Derapur to the RSS. He contested from Ghatampur and Bhognipur (both in Uttar Pradesh) assembly constituencies on the Bharatiya Janata Party ticket but lost both elections.

Rajya Sabha

Shri Ram Nath Kovind was elected and became a Rajya Sabha MP from the state of Uttar Pradesh in April 1994. He served a total of twelve years, two consecutive terms, until March 2006. As a member of parliament he served on the Parliamentary Committee for Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Home Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Social Justice and Empowerment, Law and Justice. He also served as the chairman of the Rajya Sabha House Committee. During his career as a parliamentarian, under M.P. L.A.D. Scheme, he focused on education in rural areas by helping in construction of school buildings in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand. As a member of parliament, he visited Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom and the United States on study tours.

Other appointments

He has served on the Board of management of Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Lucknow and as on the Board of Governors of IIM Calcutta. He has also represented India at the UN and addressed the United Nations General Assembly in October 2002.

Governor of Bihar

File Pic: His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Gaden Phelgeling Namgyal Monastery on 9 January 2017 – a day after concluding the Kalachakra Preliminary Holy teachings. His Holiness the Dalai Lama presided over the inaugural and consecration ceremony of the Battsagaan Buddhist Temple in Bodh Gaya. The Batsagaan temple is a branch of the Gandan Tegchenling Monastery, the main centre of Mongolian Buddhists in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The picture was taken after the inauguration of Battsagaan Temple, His Holiness The Dalai Lama had a brief meeting with Governor Shri Ram Nath Kovind at His Holiness’ residence in Gaden Phelgeling Namgyal Monastery, Bodh Gaya.

On 8 August 2015, the President of India appointed Kovind as Governor of Bihar. On 16 August 2015, the acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court, Iqbal Ahmad Ansari, administered the oath to Kovind as the 36th Governor of Bihar. The function took place at Raj Bhawan, Patna.

As Governor, he was praised for constituting a judicial commission to investigate irregularities in promotion of undeserving teachers, mis-management of funds and appointment of undeserving candidates in universities.

2017 Presidential Campaign

After nomination for the post of 14th President of India, he resigned from his post as Governor of Bihar, and President of India Pranab Mukherjee accepted his resignation on 20 June 2017. He won election on 20 July 2017.

Personal Life

Kovind married Savita Kovind on 30 May 1974. They have a married son, Prashant Kumar, and a daughter, Swati.

 

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