The ceremony was broadcast on local TV, was held in the Central hall of Parliament, where Govind and now former, President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee arrived together from the presidential Palace in Central new Delhi.
The ceremony was presided by the Chairman of the Supreme court Jagdish Singh Kehar, which at a certain moment of the ceremony — “exchange seats” when elected and the outgoing President are swapped formally for a few seconds was considered as the acting President of the country. After a solemn oath Coving addressed a speech to the assembled members of both houses of Parliament and high-ranking guests, including representatives of foreign diplomatic missions.
RAM Nath, Cowing before the swearing-in ceremony in the Indian Parliament in new Delhi. 25 July 2016
RAM Nath, Govind won a landslide victory in the elections of the President July 17, typing 65,65% of the votes of the electoral College (made up of MPs from Central and regional parliaments). Coving was nominated presidential candidate of the ruling National democratic Alliance in which the leading role played by the party of Prime Minister Narendra modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Cowing was born 1 October 1945 in a farmer’s family from the caste of untouchables (Dalits) in the state of Uttar Pradesh. After receiving a law degree, Coving about 16 years working in the higher courts of the country, protecting the interests of Dalits, as well as in the structure of the government. In the 1990-ies started his political career in the ranks of the ruling is currently the Bharatiya Janata Party, has fulfilled two terms in the upper house of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), and in 2015 was appointed Governor of Bihar. Cowing became the second President of India Dalit after Kocheril Raman Narayanan, who served as President from 1997 to 2002.
The President of India is head of state and Supreme commander of the armed forces of the country. Formally the Constitution of India allows for a significant role of the President in governing the country, but in reality he performs mainly representative functions, while the country is led by the head of government.