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'An Election Is Not Just A Political Exercise, It's A Collective Call To Wisdom & Action': President Ram Nath Kovind

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| January 25 , 2019 , 20:19 IST

President Ramnath Kovind has begun addressing the nation on the eve of the 70th Republic Day. 

Ahead of the celebrations, chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations, President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosac arrived in India and was accorded the ceremonial Guard of Honour at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Describing elections to 17th Lok Sabha as a ‘once-in-a-century moment’, President Kovind urged people to cast their votes and stated that decisions and actions of today will shape the India of the remainder of the 21st century.

President Kovind said "This year, citizens of India will get a chance to fulfil an important responsibility. All of us have to use our voting rights in coming General elections for 17th Lok Sabha. This election will be special as 21st century born voters will vote for the 1st time.”

"For all citizens of the country, there is an opportunity to repeat their faith towards the ideals of freedom, equality and brotherhood."

"And above all, our Republic Day, we all have the opportunity to take pride in being an Indian," President Ram Nath Kovind said in his Republic Day-eve address to the nation.

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He Further said, "India belongs to each of us and to all of us – every group and every community, every region and every identity. It belongs to every citizen and every individual."

"Republic Day is an occasion to reaffirm our commitment to liberty, fraternity and equality across our society and among all our citizens. And above all, this is an occasion to celebrate India and the spirit of being Indian," he added.