Pranab Mukherjee takes oath as 13th President of India tomorrow

Pranab Mukherjee will take oath as the 13th President of India in the Central Hall of Parliament here at 11.30 am tomorrow (Wednesday). Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential office of India, is ready to receive the new Head of the State.

Parliamentarians gave a farewell to the outgoing President Pratibha Patil at a function last evening (Monday).

Mukherjee won the presidential election last Sunday. He got 69.31 per cent votes, very close to the 70 per cent that his poll managers had promised he would poll. In absolute numbers that meant 7,13,937 votes of the total 10,29,924 valid votes polled. This included a windfall from cross-voting by MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly) in BJP-ruled Karnataka, a state in the South.

Purno Sangma, the presidential nominee of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), got the other 30.69 per cent and is still crying foul.

Pranab Mukherjee will pay a visit to Raj Ghat, the mausoleum of India's father of the nation Mahatma MK Gandhi, in the morning tomorrow (Wednesday) before the swearing-in ceremony.

The President's Military Secretary will escort him to Rashtrapati Bhavan. From there President Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee will leave in a ceremonial cavalcade for the swearing-in ceremony. The short route will be lined with soldiers. The President-elect will take oath in the Central Hall of Parliament. The Chief Justice of India will administer the oath of office.

Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, Pranab Mukherjee will go to Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the outgoing President of India will
receive him at the forecourts.

Mukherjee will then escort Ms Pratibha Patil to her temporary
accommodation in Tughlak Lane, where she will stay till her post-
retirement home in Pune is ready.

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