PM Modi congratulates Kovind for becoming 14th President of India

| Updated: Jul 20, 2017 22:50 IST

New Delhi [India], Jul 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated Ram Nath Kovind for winning the Presidential elections and becoming the 14th President of India. Prime Minister Modi took to his Twitter account to express his happiness over Ram Nath's victory. "Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure," the Prime Minister Tweeted. "Gladdened by the extensive support for Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji among MPs & across various states. I thank members of the electoral college," he added. The Prime Minister also praised Kovind's rival in election and Opposition's candidate Meira Kumar for her campaign. He said her campaign was in spirit of the democratic ethos and values. Prime Minister Modi also took the liberty of sharing his photo with Kovind he had it clicked 20 years ago. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah also congratulated Kovind for the victory. "Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji for emphatic victory in the 2017 Presidential elections. His victory is truly historic," he tweeted. Kovind obtained 65.65 percent of votes from the electoral college. His opponent, the joint Opposition candidate Meira Kumar got 34.35 percent. "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. A lawyer by profession, Kovind has worked extensively in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. (ANI)
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