Former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee called for action to tackle India’s dire poverty as he was sworn in as president on Wednesday during an elaborate display of pomp and circumstance.
Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia administered the oath to Mukherjee in the presence of Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union ministers, governors, chief ministers and a host of dignitaries.
Mukherjee also given a 21-gun salute after the ceremony. he addressed the gathering also.
In his first speech as the 13th President of India, Pranab Mukherjee vowed to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of India. “I will strive to preserve, protect and defend our constitution not just in words but also in spirit,” said President Pranab Mukherjee.
Talking of poverty in India, Pranab said, “Trickle down theories do not address legitimate aspirations of the poor. We must erase poverty from the dictionary of modern India.”
Applauding the defence forces of India, Pranab said, “I am proud of the valour, conviction and steely determination of our armed forces and brave police forces.”