Pranab Mukherjee today became the 14th President of India, winning 69.3 per cent of the total 10,29,750 votes polled.
In his first public comments after being elected, Pranab promised to do his best “to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution”. “I have received much more from the country, its political establishment and Parliament than what I have given. I will try to justify in a modest way as I can to be trustworthy.”
Senior leaders started making a beeline for Mukherjee’s residence at 13, Talkatora Road, on Sunday even before the results were formally announced, as it became clear that the Congress veteran was well ahead of his BJP-backed rival P A Sangma, who got only 31 per cent of the votes polled.
Pranab Mukherjee will be sworn in as the President of India by the Supreme Court Chief Justice S H Kapadia on July 25 in the Central Hall of Parliament.
The political career of Pranab Mukherjee commenced when he got elected to the Rajya Sabha in July 1969.