New Delhi, August 14: President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the nation on the eve of Independence Day 2019 on Wednesday. The President, speaking ahead of the 73rd Independence Day, began his speech by greeting the nation and said, "My heartiest congratulations to all of you on the eve of the Independence Day! This Independence Day is a very happy day for all the children of Mother India, whether at home or abroad." The President also mentioned Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and said that, "I am confident that the recent changes for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will greatly benefit the residents there." The state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into two separate Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh through a couple of bills passed in the Parliament and Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated by Government of India.
President Kovind remembered first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev ji as the year 2019 marks the 550th birth anniversary of the great saint. "This year of 2019 is also the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji. He is one of the greatest saints of India. I extend my heartiest wishes to all followers of Guru Nanak Devji for this auspicious year," said President Kovind. The President also remebered "Father of the Nation" as October 2 will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
"In the summer of this year, all of you countrymen have completed the world's largest democratic process by participating in the 17th General Election. For this achievement, all voters are eligible to congratulate," said President Kovind on the recently concluded Lok Sabha Elections 2019. President Kovind also paid tributes to the freedom fighters and said, "For the great generation of people who gave us freedom, freedom was not limited to political powers alone. His aim was also to improve the system of life and society of every person."
The President also appreciated the working of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha in this session of the Parliament. "I am happy that in the recently concluded session of Parliament, the meetings of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have been very successful," said President Kovind.