Highlights from PM Narendra Modi's address to the nation on India's 71st Independence Day.
From appointing Governors to judges, the President of India serves as Head of the State and is tasked with defending the Constitution
Modi won the biggest mandate in 30 years in the 2014 general election, giving him control of the lower house. But his nationalist coalition still lacks a majority in the upper house that represents India's 29 states and has proven to be a stumbling block for its legislative agenda.
Congress leader Anand Sharma criticised Kovind for equating Mahatma Gandhi with Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
The prime minister posted pictures of the meeting on his Twitter account, one of which showed him apparently presenting a copy of the Constitution to the president. "Called on Rashtrapati ji this morning," Modi tweeted. Kovind assumed office as 14th President yesterday.
In his first address as president after taking oath at the Central Hall of Parliament, Kovind said there is need to sculpt an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society.
"Very inspiring address by President Kovind, which beautifully summed up the essence of India's strengths, democracy & diversity," Modi said in a tweet.
Updates from the swearing-in ceremony of Ram Nath Kovind.
After offering floral tributes at the Mahatma's memorial, the 71-year-old leader returned to his 10, Akbar Road residence.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Ambassadors and other diplomats, MPs and senior civil and military officers will be among those present.
Kovind, the second Dalit leader to become the President, defeated Opposition's candidate Meira Kumar with a huge margin of 65.5 percent votes in the Electoral College.
As the 13th president of India leaves the Rashtrapati Bhavan On Monday, making way for his successor Ram Nath Kovind, old friends recalled with fondness the many anecdotes that marked his long career in politics.
Senior journalist Ashok Malik has been named as Press Secretary to Kovind.
Almost all foreign media outlets underlined his Dalit identity prominently in their reports
Kovind, a low-key lawyer-turned-politician, was yesterday elected as India's 14th President, the first BJP member and the second Dalit to occupy the country's highest office.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on becoming the President of India.
Recalling the past days, one of Kovind's classmate Vijay Pal, who studied with him till class fifth in Paraunkh village said that "since early childhood days, Kovind used to enjoy playing the role of governor in various games
NDA nominated Ram Nath Kovind has been elected as the 14th President of India with a landslide victory over opposition’s pick Meira Kumar.
Kovind will assume the country's highest constitutional post on July 25 after current President Pranab Mukherjee's term ends.
Live updates and reactions after the NDA candidate and former Bihar Governor raced to a comfortable victory over Meira Kumar.
In the Electoral College system, Kovind's votes are worth 479585 while Kumar's have a value of 204594 at the end of counting of ballots in Parliament House and 11 states.
Since she has been named as presidential poll nominee by opposition parties, Kumar has urged the members of the electoral college to vote according to their "voice of conscience" and for an "ideology that binds India".
Kovind is expected to win the presidential race given that the BJP and its allies have a majority in electoral college comprising Members of Parliament and members of legislative assemblies and councils of all states.
The name of the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhawan would be known by 5.00 pm. The voting took place on Monday.
Besides NDA constituents, some opposition parties, including the JD(U), also broke ranks to vote for Kovind. With the numbers in its favour, the BJP will watch the counting for the victory margin.