BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee Ram Nath Kovind, former Bihar Governor, won the Indian Presidential polls on Thursday with 65.6 per cent translating into 702,044 electoral college votes.
This is for the first time that India will have a President hailing from Uttar Pradesh, a state known for giving the country the most number of prime ministers – nine to date. Tamil Nadu and undivided Andhra Pradesh are the two states that have sent three President's each to Rashtrapati Bhavan as India’s first citizens.
Flowers and extra security had arrived at the former Bihar governor's home in Delhi long before the official announcement and sweets were passed around at his hometown in Uttar Pradesh. Mr Kovind, 71, will be sworn in on July 25.