In his farewell speech, he congratulated President-Elect Droupadi Murmu, who will take oath as the 15th President of the country on Monday.
She will become the first tribal person to occupy the country’s highest constitutional post.
“I heartily congratulate Droupadi Murmu for being elected as next President, country will benefit from her guidance,” he said.
He also emphasised the value of peace and harmony at the farewell function organised by parliamentarians.
“All MPs have a special place in his heart. I urge them to follow Gandhian philosophy while exercising rights of debate and dissent in Parliament.”
Kovind said he always considered himself as a part of the larger family, which included the members of parliament.
They may have differences at times like any family has, but they should work together for the larger interests of the country, he said.
The outgoing President also thanked the citizens of the country during the farewell address.
“Will always be grateful to citizens of the country for giving me the opportunity to serve as the President.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla joined a ceremony at Parliament’s Central Hall on Saturday to bid farewell to outgoing President, whose term ends on Sunday.
Modi had hosted a dinner in Kovind’s honour on Friday. Members of the Union Cabinet, chief ministers of various states and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The dinner had a good representation from all parts of the country, including many Padma awardees and tribal leaders.
(With inputs from agencies)