20 July, New Delhi
Ram Nath Kovind has been declared elected as the next President of India.
Sweeping the presidential poll, Kovind secured 65.6 percent votes against his rival Opposition n candidate Meira Kumar (34.4 per cent ) to become the 14th President of the country.
Announcing the results, Lok Sabha Secretary General and returning officer Anoop Mishra told media in New Delhi Thursday that Mr Kovind got 2930 votes valued 7,02,044 and Meira Kumar got 1844 votes valued 3,67,314.
Kovind is the first president from BJP and first president born in Uttar Pradesh and also first President of Dalit Community from North India.
Prior to occupying the prestigious post in Rastrapati Bhawan , Kovind served as Bihar Governor.