Will he be India's new President?
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Will he be India's new President?

19 Jun 2017 | By Shikha Chaudhry

Ram Nath Kovind: The man who could be India's President

The BJP named the incumbent Governor of Bihar and Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections.

The senior BJP leader is expected to file his nomination on 23 June.

After the announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Kovind would make an exceptional President.

Let us know more about the NDA's Presidential nominee.

Timeline

19 Jun 2017: Ram Nath Kovind: The man who could be India's President

Details: About Ram Nath Kovind

About Ram Nath Kovind

Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind was born on 1 October 1945 in Derapur tehsil of Kanpur Dehat in Uttar Pradesh.

He graduated in both Commerce and Law from Kanpur University.

After graduation, he had also prepared for the Indian Administrative Services in Delhi.

However, his family soon migrated to Delhi after which he trained and practiced as a lawyer.

Journey: The start of Kovind's political journey

In 1977, Kovind became the Personal Secretary to the then PM Morarji Desai, which marked the beginning of his political career.

BJP fielded him as its Lok Sabha candidate from Uttar Pradesh's Ghatampur in 1990; he lost and had never contested again.

Later, he was elected to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh for two consecutive terms of 1994-2000 and 2000-06.

Details: Kovind's Dalit credentials greatly valued by BJP

The move to choose 72-year-old Kovind as Presidential candidate could immensely help BJP in the 2019 General Elections, which would likely depend on Dalit votes in UP.

Kovind was the President of BJP Dalit Morcha during 1998-2002.

He also served as the All India Koli Samaj's President as well as the SC/ST representative at Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta).

Professional details: Professional advocate who practiced in Supreme Court

Professional advocate who practiced in Supreme Court

In 1971, Kovind enrolled as an advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi. He became the Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court in 1978.

He was a Central Government advocate in the High Court of Delhi during 1977-79 and a Central Government Standing Counsel in the SC during 1980-93.

He practised in the Delhi HC and the SC for 16 years.

Membership: Member of several important Parliamentary Committees

The NDA Presidential candidate served as a member of several key Parliamentary Committees.

They include: Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Tribes, Parliamentary Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas, Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs, Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment, and Parliamentary Committee on Law and Justice.

He also served as the Chairman of Rajya Sabha House Committee.

Fact: Represented India in UN

Kovind had represented India in the United Nations in New York and also addressed the United Nations General Assembly in 2002. He was also a member of the board at Dr. BR Ambedkar University in Lucknow.

23 Jun 2017: NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind files nomination papers

NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind files nomination papers

The presidential candidate of the NDA, Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, has filed his nomination papers at the Parliament House in the presence of PM Narendra Modi, senior leader LK Advani and several CMs of states ruled by BJP and its allies.

Though TN CM EK Palaniswami and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao attended too, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar wasn't present.

Fact: 63% votes already in Kovind's bag

Till now, Kovind has already secured about 63% of the votes of the electoral college, including from non-NDA parties like AIADMK, TRS, BJD, JD(U), YSRCP and INLD. Shiv Sena has also come out in support after initial hesitation.