Dark horse Ram Nath Kovind named NDA Presidential candidate

Joan Terry
June 19, 2017

The BJP Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision-making body, will meet on Monday to take a decision on its presidential nominee.

Ram Nath Kovind is a senior BJP leader and Bihar Governor. "He devoted his life to public service & worked for poor & marginalised", his another read. "He further added", Ram Nath Kovindji has been working for Dalits, downtrodden and minorities since long".

The BJP formed a panel for parleys with the Opposition as Sonia constituted a sub-group of the opposition parties for the Presidential election to create troubled waters for the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the country's coveted post. They will hold a meeting to discuss the matter on June 22, ANI reported. Thackeray reportedly rejected Shah's proposal that Narendra Modi be allowed to decide on a presidential candidate. Moreover, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to leave for the U.S. on June 26 followed by Netherlands on June 27, BJP wants to have a name well in advance to try to bring the opposition on board.

Shri Ram Nath Kovind, is an advocate by profession and practices in Delhi.

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Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Kovind has in the past also served as BJP SC Morcha president. He became Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India in 1978 and practiced in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years till 1993.

Born in October 1945, Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is a Dalit leader and a BJP politician.

The BJP's traditional support base is among upper-caste Hindus but the party has sought to broaden its appeal, winning a landslide victory in a state election in Uttar Pradesh in March with the backing of many low-caste voters. He represented India in the United Nations in NY and addressed United Nations General Assembly in October, 2002. He served as Member on various important Parliamentary Committees.

Chairman of Rajya Sabha House Committee. During his parliamentary tenure of 12 years, he emphasised on the development of basic infrastructure for education in rural areas by helping in construction of school buildings in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand under M.P. L.A.D. In 1971, he was enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi.

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