New Delhi, July 25: As President Ram Nath Kovind continued his predecessor President Pranab Mukherjee’s tradition of riding the fancy gold-plated buggy to the Parliament, do you know India won this traditional carrier in a toss from Pakistan.
Today Ram Nath Kovin took oath as India’s 14th President, He was seated on was seated on the left side of the buggy, while Pranab Mukherjee on left side of the buggy.
Outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee was seated on the left side of the buggy and the new president on his right. On their way back, once Kovind has taken his oath, the two will exchange seats, leaving Mukherjee on the right and Kovind on the left.
Isn’t it interesting, the story behind this royal gold-plated is also apprising. Here’s everything one should know about traditional carrier.
The gold-plated horse-drawn buggy was originally used by the Viceroy during the pre-Independence era.
Major dispute emerged after the partition as both India and Pakistan wanted the fancy buggy but there was no longer a higher power to sort this quarrel.
Both the countries decided to toss, just like what we do in cricket.
India’s Lt Col Thakur Govind Singh and Pakistan Army’s Sahabzada Yaqub Khan took responsibility of the buggy ownership would depend on a coin.
And India won the toss and cliched the royal buggy.
Since then it was remained in India and was used by elected presidents.
However, After 1984 the buggy tradition discontinued due to security reason for a few decades, but later in 2014 former President Pranab Mukherjee revived it during Republic Day celebrations.