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‘Overwhelmed’: Ex President Ram Nath Kovind on farewell, gestures by PM, Droupadi Murmu

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Ram Nath Kovind was greeted by the nation upon his departure from Rashtrapati Bhawan. Ram Nath Kovind, in an emotional address to the nation Sunday, recalled key moments from his five-year term. He recalled his childhood in a UP rural village, his lessons from Mahatma and his experiences with Pranab Mokherjee, his predecessor.

He said Monday that he was overwhelmed. “I am overwhelmed at the heartfelt farewell given to me today at my term as President,” reads the first tweet in Hindi from the ex-president

He also shared his thoughts about leaving his five-year-old official residence and the note-worthy gesture of his successor. He said, “President Draupadi Murugu personally came from Rashtrapati Bhavan and dropped me off at my residence 12 Janpath in New Delhi. It was a very touching moment for me.”

He shared photos of the memorable moments when Prime Minister NarendraModi was present. “I will always remember the presence of the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chiefs of the Three Services and dignitaries at the farewell ceremony. I am certain that I will continue to receive the blessings from the people of this country.”

Ram Nath Kovind, who spoke about his ascension to the highest constitutional rank of India after rising from a small village near Uttar Pradesh, resigned on Monday after having completed his five-year term. Murmu, a former governor of Jharkhand, was sworn into office as the President. He is India’s first tribal leader. On Sunday, the former president addressed the nation in his final address. He remembered freedom fighters and Mahatma Ghandi, the father of our nation. He also spoke fondly about his visit to Kanpur and thanked his teachers for their memorable trip.

Kovind said, “One of the most memorable moments in my life was visiting my home during the term and touching my teachers at Kanpur’s feet to ask their blessings.”

Kovind, his wife Savitha, will now reside at 12, Janpath in New Delhi. Former First Couple neighbour Sonia Gandhi, Congress president, will now be at 10, Janpath.

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