Presidential Election: BJP names Bihar Guv Ram Nath Kovind as NDA candidate

Alain Brian
Juin 19, 2017

Kovind is likely to file his papers on June 23, BJP president Amit Shah said after a almost two-hour meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board.

Meanwhile, Andra Pradesh and Telangana CM's Chandrababu Naidu and KC Rao have extended their willingness to support BJP's candidate Kovind for the presidential election.

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

On August 8, 2015, the President of India appointed him the Governor of Bihar.

"Shri Ram Nath Kovind, a farmer's son, comes from a humble background". BJP Parliamentary Board meeting ends. They should be able to count on enough support from other parties to secure a majority, say BJP officials.

Ram Nath Kovind joined the movement of SC/ST employees against the Central Government and consequently succeeded in getting those Government Orders null and void by the passage of three Amendments in the Constitution of India during the first NDA regime. BJP Parliamentary Board meeting under starts.

The election for the next President of India is to be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 25. The meeting is said to have lasted for nearly an hour. Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu were part of the team that met Opposition leaders to arrive at a consensus. He also served as the national spokesperson of the party. BJP Parliamentary Board meeting to begin soon. All allies of the BJP have also been informed of its decision, said Mr Shah.

Apparently, Shiv Sena President Thackeray reiterating the old tune once again pitched the names of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and agro-scientist MS Swaminathan for the top post.

The BJP wants a party loyalist who will "toe the party line" and at the same time "won't overshadow the persona of the prime minister", said political scientist and pro-vice chancellor at Jain University in Bangalore, Sandeep Shastri.

India's ruling coalition has announced its candidate for a presidential election, choosing a man who has championed the rights of India's Dalits amid protests by so-called "lower castes".

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