New Delhi: Keeping with the tradition, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday gave a warm farewell to his immediate predecessor Pranab Mukherjee and accompanied him to his new residence – 10, Rajaji Marg – a short distance from the massive Presidential Palace, to bid him good bye.
Earlier, President Kovind was given a guard of honour by the President’s Bodyguards after being sworn in as the new President. Before entering the study of the Presidential Palace, Kovind inspected an inter-services guard of honour.
Then the outgoing President was given a guard of honour by the Presidential Bodyguards. After inspecting the President’s Bodyguards, Mr Mukherjee was accompanied to his new residence by Kovind, led by the horse-mounted bodyguards.
The formal ceremony was attended by a host of VVIPs, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, union ministers, opposition leaders, governors, chief ministers and Chiefs of Staff of the three services.