I express my heartfelt gratitude to all Members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies for electing me to the highest Constitutional post of India.
Your vote for me is an expression of the faith of crores of citizens of the country.
I humbly greet all the 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.
The country has elected me as the President at a crucial time when we are celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
A few days from today, the country will complete 75 years of its independence.
It is also a coincidence that my political career started when the country was celebrating its 50th year of independence.
And today, in the 75th year of independence, I have been assigned this new responsibility.
It is my great privilege to be given this responsibility at such a historic time when India is engaged with full vigour in realising its vision for the next 25 years.
I also happen to be the first President of the country who was born in independent India.
We have to work at a fast pace in this Amritkal to fulfil the expectations of our freedom fighters from the citizens of independent India…
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