For 2019 Polls, President Ram Nath Kovind’s Way Differs From Pranab Mukherjee’s

President Kovind is expected to play a critical and important role during the government formation

New Delhi: 

President Ram Nath Kovind will keep a low profile during the Lok Sabha elections and confine himself only to essential programmes during the election period, NDTV has learnt. According to sources in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, only an Indian Air Force programme and a diplomatic visit have been scheduled.

In a distinct departure from his predecessor Pranab Mukherjee, President Kovind, in his address to the nation on the eve of the Republic Day, urged voters to go out and exercise their franchise during the Lok Sabha elections.

“An election is not just a political exercise. An election is a collective call to wisdom and a collective call to action…. It represents the diverse and yet singular urges of the people and the Republic of India. This makes the very act of voting a sacred act. Please perform this act,” President Kovind said.

In his Republic Day speech in 2014, President Mukherjee had subtly asked for a stable government. He is one of this year’s recipients of Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award from the government.

President Kovind is expected to play a critical and important role during the government formation, deciding who will be the next Prime Minister of India and enjoys the confidence of the Lok Sabha.

If no party gains absolute majority, the President has to use his discretion in deciding which political formation will be able to prove its majority on…

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