Ram Nath Kovind, a 71-year-old former Sangh Parivar activist, is the new President of India.
On Thursday, he defeated Opposition candidate Meira Kumar, also a Dalit, by getting 65% of the Electoral College votes.
He will be India’s 14th President.
The former Governor of Bihar, the second Dalit to hold the top position, got 2930 votes with a value of 702044, the election commission said.
Kovind is also the first BJP member to become President.
Meira Kumar, also a Dalit, got 1844 votes with a value of 367314.
The Electoral College comprised of Members of Parliament and members of Legislative Assemblies of all the States.
A total of 4,896 voters — 4,120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs — were eligible to cast their ballot. MLCs of States are not part of the electoral college.