Ram Nath Kovind will take oath as country’s 14th President today at a ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament.
Kovind defeated Congress-led Opposition’s candidate former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar by a handsome margin of 65.2 per cent votes.
Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee and Mr Kovind will arrive in the Central Hall in a ceremonial procession, where Mr Kovind will be administered oath by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar.
He will then exchange seats with Mr Mukherjee.
A 21-gun salute will be given in his honour and the new President will then deliver his address.
Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, union ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, Ambassadors and other diplomats, MPs and senior civil and military officers will be among those present.
After the ceremony ends, the new President will leave for Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Mr Mukherjee will leave for his new address – 10 Rajaji Marg.
Earlier in the day, Mr Kovind will visit Rajghat to pay his respect to Mahatma Gandhi before heading to Rashtrapati Bhavan where he will be received by Mr Mukherjee.
Both will then proceed to Parliament.
The ceremony of assumption of office by Ramnath Kovind, the President-elect, will be held at 12.15 PM in the Central Hall of Parliament.