My election is a message to those who work with honesty: President-elect Ram Nath Kovind
Ram Nath Kovind, India's new President-elect, addresses the nation. Photograph: (Others)
India's newly elected President Ram Nath Kovind, in his first address after the election results were announced, said that he will work towards the betterment of the marginalised sections of society.
"Thoughts of serving my country have brought me this far. My job will be to uphold and protect the Constitution," he said.
He also said that his election is a message for those who work with honesty.
"My elevation to the highest office is a message for the people who do their work with honest. I will represent the working class and poor sections of the society. This is the novelty of Indian democracy that today I am elected the President of the country," he added.
Ye zimmedari diya jana desh ke har aise vyakti ke liye sandesh hai jo imaandari ke sath kartavyon ka nirvahan karta hai: President Elect pic.twitter.com/1su6rJe1a3— ANI (@ANI_news) July 20, 2017
Ram Nath Kovind won the presidential election getting 65.65 per cent votes.
"Kovind secured 2930 votes with a value of 7,02,044. Meira Kumar got 1,844 votes with the value of 3,67,314, and 77 votes were invalid," said Anoop Mishra, the returning officer for the Presidential election 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the President-elect Ram Nath Kovind and congratulated him on his victory.
Opposition candidate Meira Kumar congratulated Kovind on his victory.
I congratulate Sh. Ram Nath Kovindji for becoming the President of India. 1/2— Meira Kumar (@meira_kumar) July 20, 2017
My best wishes are with Sh. Kovindji as it has fallen upon him to uphold the Constitution in letter & spirit in these challenging times. 2/2— Meira Kumar (@meira_kumar) July 20, 2017