Pranab Mukherjee who won the presidential election on July 22nd will be sworn in as the country’s 13th President today at a special ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament. But before taking his oath, he pay respects at Rajghat, Shanti Sthal and Veer Bhumi. After that he will meet outgoing President Pratibha Patil, who will preside over her final guard of honour.
Before taking his oath travelling in a Mercedes Benz S 600, Pranab visited Rajghat to pay tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. After paying his respects to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, Pranab Mukherjee also went to pay tributes to late prime minister Indira Gandhi at Shakti Sthal and Rajiv Gandhi at Veer Bhumi. He also visited Shanti Van and Vijay Ghat before heading to Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Chief Justice of India Shri. S H Kapadia will administer the oath to Mukherjee at 11:30 a.m. in the presence of Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee, Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers and a host of dignitaries.
Pranab’s swearing-in function will begin with the arrival of current President Pratibha Patil and Mukherjee in a ceremonial procession from the Rashtrapati Bhawan to the Parliament Building. They will be received by Kapadia, Ansari and Kumar, and escorted to the Central Hall.
Once Mr. Mukherjee takes over, he will be given a 21-gun salute, address the gathering and then leave for the Rashtrapati Bhavan with Patil.
Mukherjee will be given an inter-services guard of honour in the forecourt of the Presidential palace. He will then escort Patil to her temporary accommodation on Tughlak Lane where she will stay till her post-retirement home in Pune is ready
Pranab Mukherjee who won the presidential election on July 22 by defeating tribal leader PA Sangma in a virtual no-contest, getting 69 per cent votes in the President poll.