India's Ruling Party Announces its Presidential Candidate

India's Ruling Party Announces its Presidential Candidate

India's Ruling Party Announces its Presidential Candidate

The announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met party president Amit Shah and other leaders in a meeting held in New Delhi. 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.

He was born on October 1, 1945 in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur Dehat district.

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Kovind as NDA choice can not be easily rejected by the opposition parties including the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United) or the Bahujan Samaj Party because of his poor background as well as his track record as a non-controversial BJP politician. He has served as a party's national spokesperson.

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An advocate by profession, Kovind was made the Governor of Bihar two years ago after the NDA took power in the centre in May 2014.

"As per your suggestion we have decided upon a Dalit Candidate for the Presidential Post", PM Modi told Rao while requesting his support. 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.

Soft-spoken Kovind, like BSP founder Kanshi Ram, belongs to the extremely poor section of the dalit community- the chamars who have faced extreme depravation and discrimination in Northern India.

To win over the opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has personally spoken to Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and his predecessor, Dr Manmohan Singh, as also to the Chief Ministers of Bihar, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

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Opposition parties will hold a meeting on 22nd June to discuss the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind. He was also the advocate of the Central Government in the Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979.

Kovind served as a member on following important Parliamentary Committees. He was also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha House Committee.

President Pranab Mukherjee being welcomed by Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind at Patna airport.

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