Ram Nath Kovind, the government-backed candidate, was elected India’s 14th President on Thursday (July 20) with a huge margin.
Mr Kovind, a Dalit leader, won nearly 66 per cent of the votes cast by an electoral college of MPs and state lawmakers on Monday (July 17).
Mr Kovind defeated the opposition candidate and former Lok Sabha Speakar Meira Kumar.
He will be sworn in as the 14th President of India on July 25.
Reacting to the news Ram Nath Kovind said, “I realize it is a great responsibility.”
Meira Kumar scored the second highest value of votes for an opposition candidate.
“Mr Kovind has secured a clear majority… I duly declare him as the President of India,” said election officer Anoop Mishra.
Mr Kovind will be the second Dalit President of India after KR Narayanan.
Mr Kovind has been a BJP MP and is deeply associated with the party’s ideological mentor the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
The presidential poll on Monday saw nearly 99 per cent voting, the highest ever, according to returning officer said.
Polling was held simultaneously at 32 polling stations — one in Parliament House and one each in 29 state assemblies and two union territories with assemblies.