Chandigarh, July 20 – The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today congratulated Shri Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the 14th President of the country, even as it appreciated the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in nominating a farmer’s son to the Rashtrapati Bhawan.Both former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the victory of Shri Kovind was also a victory of rational forces who wanted to take the country forward. “We would also like to congratulate Shri Kovind for the manner in which he managed to take everyone along with him due to the force of his personality and self deeds”, they added.Parkash Singh Badal said the new president was an example for emulation for India’s youth. “Shri Kovind rose from a simple background to become a self made man who used his skills as a lawyer to work for the welfare of the under-privileged sections of society”. Sukhbir Badal said “from Kanpur Dehat to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Kovind ji’s journey is one of humbleness, hard work and service to society. Our party and Punjabis are proud to elect such a person to the highest office in the country”.Both leaders said they were confident that Kovind would lend honour and dignity to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. “Shri Kovind has an impeccable track record as Governor of Bihar. He is well versed in constitutional matters due to his long stint as an advocate, including being an advocate on record for the Supreme Court. We wish him the very best on his elevation as the first citizen of the country”, the leaders added.
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