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Ram Nath Kovind swearing-in live: President-elect leaves for Rashtrapati Bhawan, swearing-in at 12.15pm

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New Delhi: Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday will be sworn-in as the 14th President of India, a day after outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee’s five-year term ended. Kovind will take the oath of office of President of India administered by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar.

Kovind, 71, was nominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance. He defeated Opposition candidate and former Speaker Meira Kumar last week, securing over 65% votes in the electoral college.

A lawyer by qualification, Kovind will be the country’s second Dalit President after K.R. Narayanan. Prior to his election as Indian Republic’s first citizen, Kovind served as the governor of Bihar and as a BJP MP in the Rajya Sabha serving in various parliamentary committees.

Here are the latest updates and developments on Ram Nath Kovind’s swearing-in ceremony:

■ After offering floral tributes at the Mahatma’s memorial, the 71-year-old leader returned to his 10, Akbar Road residence.

At around 11.15am, a carcade arrived from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to take him for the elaborate oath-taking ceremony.

At the presidential palace, which will soon be his new home, Kovind, accompanied by his wife, met President Pranab Mukherjee who was waiting for them in the study. (PTI)

■ Ram Nath Kovind leaves for Rashtrapati Bhavan from his 10, Akbar Road residence. (PTI)

■ Lok Sabha adjourned till 3pm to allow members to participate in the President’s swearing-in ceremony. (PTI)

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■ President-elect Ram Nath Kovind and his wife visit Rajghat, pay tribute to the Father of Nation Mahatama Gandhi.

■ The swearing-in ceremony will be held at 12.15pm in the Central Hall of Parliament.

■ Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will attend the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Ram Nath Kovind. (PTI)

■ Students, teachers and staff of the college where Ram Nath Kovind studied up to intermediate level plan hearty celebrations. Thrilled over one of their own ascending to the top-most constitutional post in the country, the management of the BNSD Intermediate College has decided to illuminate the premises and organise a community feast. (PTI)

■ President Pranab Mukherjee will now occupy 10, Rajaji Marg, as he moves out of Rashtrapati Bhawan, where he assumed office as the 13th President on 25 July 2012.

The Raj-era bungalow, endowed with sloping red-tiled roof and fitted with chimneys, has been given a fresh coat of paint while its wide lawns and gardens spruced up. The two-storey house had also served as a retirement home for former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam till his death in 2015.

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