Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia administered the oath to Pranab Mukherjee Today at 11:30 am at the Central Hall of Parliament in the presence of Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union ministers, governors, chief ministers and a host of dignitaries. Pranab Mukherjee is now officially the new President of India.
In his acceptance speech, Pranab said that he will strive to defend the Constitution and will stay impartial as President. He said that education can bring the next golden age for India and coined the slogan ‘All for knowledge, knowledge for all’. He stressed that the poorest must feel part of rising India.
Pranab said, “I have seen vast, perhaps unbelievable, changes during the journey that has brought me from the flicker of a lamp in a small Bengal village to the chandeliers of Delhi. I was a boy when Bengal was savaged by a famine that killed millions; the misery and sorrow is still not lost on me. We have achieved much in the field of agriculture, industry and social infrastructure; but that is nothing compared to what India, led by the coming generations, will create in the decades ahead.”
After the ceremony, Pranab Mukherjee and former President Pratibha Patil were escorted out of the Central Hall amid the roll of drums and blowing of trumpets.
Before arriving at the Central Hall for the swearing in ceremony, Pranab Mukherjee visited paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru at Shanti Van, Indira Gandhi at Shakti Sthal and Rajiv Gandhi at Veer Bhoomi.