Hyderabad: NDA presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind said he would strive to fulfill the dream of new India and uphold the sanctity of the office of presidency.
Addressing the TRS MPs, MLAs and MLCs at Jala Vihar, he said the office of presidency must be kept above party politics and he would keep it free from political entanglement.
Thanking TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao for extending support to his candidature well before his name was announced officially, Kovind said he was thankful for the rousing welcome accorded on his arrival in the city with huge hoarding put up at every vantage point.
Stating that he was, as on today not associated with any political party, despite the fact that he was earlier associated with the BJP, he said he had the privilege of working in the team of leaders such as M Venkaiah Naidu. He said he would always stand for the all round development of the nation irrespective of caste, creed, religion, region and geographical situations.
He said India with a population of 1.25 billions was the largest and greatest democracy and the office of the President of India is the most revered one. Luminaries like Rajendra Prasad, Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, R Venkat Raman. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Dr Jakeer Hussaian, Dr Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy have adorned the supreme position. The country and the entire world are well aware of the supremacy of the Indian constitution and Indian democracy. Constitution is supreme and it is important for all of us, he added.
He asserted that the president is the supreme commander of the armed forces and the security of the international borders of the country is of top most importance.
“We have to fulfill the dream of new India advocated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by 2022 when India will celebrate its 75 years of independence. I will do my best to fulfill the aspirations of the people of the country and strive for the development of modern education”, he said.
He extended his gratitude to the NDA and Non-NDA parties, especially the TRS for their support to his candidature.
Kovind leaves for AP
After addressing the leaders of Telangana, Ram Nath Kovind left for Vijayawada later in the day. He was seen off by the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and a host of cabinet colleagues at the Begumpet airport. Central Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Bandaru Dattatreya were also present.