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Presidential Election 2017: Twitterati hail Kovind's win; BJP, Congress, RJD congratulate president-elect

After Ram Nath Kovind's victory over Meira Kumar to be elected the next President of India, leaders of different hue flocked to Twitter to congratulate the BJP candidate.

Cutting across party lines, political leaders sent out their wishes to Kovind. The former Bihar governor defeated Opposition candidate Meira Kumar by a margin of over three lakh votes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first ones to wish Kovind on his win. Later, he also shared two photographs of him with Kovind: One a 20-year-old picture, the other more recent.

Modi also congratulated Opposition candidate Meira Kumar for her campaign.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee conveyed her wishes to Kovind at around 3 pm, even before the results were announced.

Bihar chief minister and JDU leader Nitish Kumar also wished Kovind for winning big at the presidential election.

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury also conveyed his wishes to Kovind.

Kovind's poll rival, Kumar, also wished well for the president-elect. The former Lok Sabha speaker polled 1,844 votes with a value of 3,67,314 against Kovind's 2,930 votes with a value of 70,20,44 (more than 65 percent votes).

Omar Abdullah also took to Twitter to congratulate the to-be president. On the day of election, the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister had voiced hope that regional parties might support Opposition's Kumar at the last moment.

Calling the win to a victory of the poor and their aspirations, BJP chief Amit Shah dubbed Kovind's victory as "truly historic".

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis also lauded Kovind's win.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav wished the former Bihar governor, while commending Kumar for her courage. The presidential election had put a strain on Bihar's Grand Alliance. RJD had expressed their support for Kumar, while JD(U) had decided to back Kovind.

Bihar deputy chief minister and Lalu's son Tejashwi Yadav also congratulated Kovind.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi wished Kovind a "great term" as president.

Updated Date: Jul 20, 2017 22:47 PM

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