20 July, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the 14th President of India and wished him a “fruitful and inspiring tenure”.
Modi also congratulated opposition candidate Meira Kumar for her campaign.
“Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful and inspiring tenure,” Modi said on Twitter.
“Gladdened by the extensive support for Kovind Ji among MPs and across various states. I thank members of the electoral college,” he added.
Modi also said: “I congratulate Meira Kumarji for her campaign, which was in spirit of the democratic ethos and values we all are proud of.”
Modi also tweeted two pictures of his with Kovind and said: “20 years ago and the present… always been a privilege to know you, President Elect.”
NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind was on Thursday elected the 14th President of India, defeating opposition nominee Meira Kumar.
BJP President Amit Shah congratulated Ram Nath Kovind for his election as the 14th President of India and dubbed it “truly historic”.
“Congratulations to Ram Nath Kovind ji for the emphatic victory in the 2017 Presidential election. His victory is truly historic,” Shah said in a tweet.
Shah said he hoped Kovind will distinguish himself as an exceptional President.
“The election of Ram Nath Kovind ji is a victory for the poor, downtrodden and the marginalised and their aspirations,” the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said.
The BJP chief also thanked all political parties and members of the electoral college who supported Kovind.
“I thank BJP members, the National Democratic Alliance family, other valued parties and leaders who supported Ram Nath Kovind,” Shah said.
Kovind was elected the new President by securing 65.65 per cent of the total valid votes, compared with opposition nominee Meira Kumar who got 34.35 per cent.
In an electoral college made up of 4,986 voters (members of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and state assemblies, including two union territories with assemblies) with a total vote value of 10,98,903, Kovind secured 2,930 votes with total vote value of 7,00,244, while the former Lok Sabha Speaker secured 1,844 votes with a total vote value of 3,67,314.