Narendra Modi congratulates both presidential candidates, says Meira Kumar's campaign 'was in spirit of democratic ethos'

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday congratulated NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the 14th President of India and wished him a "fruitful and inspiring tenure".

Modi also congratulated Opposition candidate Meira Kumar for her campaign.

"Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful and inspiring tenure," Modi said on Twitter.

"Gladdened by the extensive support for Kovind Ji among MPs and across various states. I thank members of the electoral college," he added.

Modi also said: "I congratulate Meira Kumarji for her campaign, which was in spirit of the democratic ethos and values we all are proud of."

Modi also tweeted two pictures of his with Kovind and said: "20 years ago and the present... always been a privilege to know you, President Elect."

NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind was on Thursday elected the 14th President of India, defeating Opposition nominee Meira Kumar.

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Updated Date: Jul 20, 2017 17:46:26 IST