New Delhi:20/7/17: A visibly emotional President-elect Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said he will work towards protecting the Constitution and upholding its values, and will serve the nation to ensure happiness for all.
Recalling his childhood days, Kovind said: “It has been raining since morning in Delhi. This weather reminds me of my childhood days when I used to live in my ancestral village.”
“We lived in a ‘kuchha‘ house made of mud. The roof couldn’t stop the water trickles during the rainy season. I, along with my brothers and sisters, used to stand in a corner and wait for the rain to stop.”
“There could be many such Ram Nath Kovinds who are getting drenched in the rain. Many are working hard to earn their livelihood in this rain. I represent all those hard working people. This is also a message to those who earn their livelihood with hard work and honesty,” he said.
Kovind also thanked his rival and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, and wished well for her future.
Kovind, the ruling National Democratic Alliance’s candidate, was on Thursday declared elected as the 14th President of India, defeating Kumar, after vote count in Parliament House.