Ram Nath Kovind takes oath as 14th President
New Delhi: Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday took oath as the 14th President of India at a ceremony held at the Central Hall of the Parliament.
Chief Justice J.S. Khehar administering the oath of office in Parliament's Central Hall.
The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all the lawmakers. The 71-year-old former Governor of Bihar is the second Dalit president after K R Narayanan.
Earlier today, Kovind visited Rajghat, where he paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. He then arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, where he was greeted by outgoing President Mukherjee.
Immediately after the oath taking ceremony, Kovind, 71, exchanged the chair with Mukherjee to take over the top constitutional post of India - as the head of the state and supreme commander of the Indian Armed forces.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and outgoing Vice President M. Hamid Ansari and MPs were present in the Central Hall.
Kovind, former Bihar Governor, is the second Dalit President of India after K.R. Narayanan.