Pranab Mukherjee to take over as the 13th President of India.
Pranab Mukherjee was on Wednesday sworn in as the country's 13th President at an impressive ceremony in the packed and historic Central Hall of Parliament.
Less than 24 hours after Pranab Mukherjee was elected as the 13th President of India, parties that favoured him are already trying to extract their pound of flesh. Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, through party mouth piece 'Saamna', wants Pranab Mukherjee to begin his presidency by dealing with the long pending issue of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday congratulated Pranab Mukherjee for his victory in the Presidential poll and said she would attend his swearing in ceremony on July 25.
Even as the UPA celebrates its nominee Pranab Mukherjee's victory in the Presidential race, anti-corruption Team Anna has claimed they have 'proof' of corruption against him and would make it public on July 25 when they would launch an indefinite fast coinciding with his swearing-in as the President.
UPA's Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee has crossed the halfway mark and is set to become the 13th President of India. The total value of votes in favour of Pranab Mukherjee so far is 5,58,064, while those in favour of PA Sangma is 2,40,783.
President swearing in ceremony live: Will defend Constitution of India, says President Pranab MukherjeeIn his first speech as the 13the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee vowed to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of India. 'I will strive to preserve, protect and defend our constitution not just in words but also in spirit,' said President Pranab Mukherjee.
Pranab Mukherjee won the Presidential election on Sunday, defeating PA Sangma by a huge margin. Pranab bagged 69 per cent of the votes, while Sangma got 31 per cent. Even as Pranab thanked the country and his supporters, Sangma sulked and went on to accuse the UPA of wooing states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar with special financial packages to
The Presidential election came as an embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka. Bitter rivalries and divisions within the state unit came to the fore in the Presidential election as 14 MLAs are said to have gone against the party by voting for Pranab Mukherjee.