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In pictures: Kovind bids goodbye to Rashtrapati Bhavan as Murmu takes over as 15th President

From Rashtrapati Bhavan, Murmu was accompanied by Ram Nath Kovind to Parliament House, where she was sworn in. She then returned to President's house after the swearing-in ceremony.

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New Delhi: After being sworn in at the Parliament House Monday, Droupadi Murmu took charge as India’s first tribal President.

Earlier in the day, Murmu reached the Rashtrapati Bhavan, from where outgoing president Ram Nath Kovind escorted her to the Parliament House. She then returned to the President’s house after the swearing-in ceremony.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the chiefs of the three armed forces, and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval welcomed Murmu at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

After assuming office, Murmu inspected a tri-services guard of honour at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Her predecessor Kovind subsequently left for his residence at Janpath Road.

In her first address to the country as President, Murmu said her elevation was not only her achievement but also that of everyone in the country.

“Johar! Namaskar! I humbly greet all my fellow citizens from this sacred Parliament, a symbol of the hopes, aspirations and rights of all the citizens of India. Your affection, trust and support will be my greatest strength in discharging my functions and responsibilities,” she said.

“I express my heartfelt gratitude to all the MPs and all the Members of the Legislative Assemblies for being elected to the highest constitutional post of India. Your vote is an expression of the faith of crores of citizens of the country,” Murmu added.

ThePrint Photo Editor Praveen Jain brings glimpses of the new President’s first day at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Murmu arrives for Guard of Honour | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Murmu arrives for the Guard of Honour | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Escorted by Kovind, Murmu leaves for the Parliament House for her swearing-in ceremony | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Escorted by Kovind, Murmu leaves for the Parliament House for her swearing-in ceremony | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
PM Modi greets Kovind and Murmu | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
PM Narendra Modi greets Kovind and Murmu | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Murmu inspects the Guard of Honour | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Murmu inspects the Guard of Honour | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Kovind was accorded Guard of Honour as well | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Kovind was accorded Guard of Honour as well | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
President Murmu waves at the employees of the Rashtrapati Bhawan | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
President Murmu waves at the staff of the Rashtrapati Bhavan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Murmu meets leaders after inspecting the Guard of Honour | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Murmu meets leaders after inspecting the Guard of Honour | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Kovind and Murmu wave at mediapersons | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Kovind and Murmu wave at mediapersons | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu with PM Modi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu with PM Modi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Naidu leaves after attending the function | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Naidu leaves after attending the function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Preparations for the Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Preparations for the Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The President's Bodyguard gets ready for the ceremony | Praveen Jain | ThePrint
The President’s Bodyguard gets ready for the ceremony | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

With inputs from PTI

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