Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind resigns

Lucy Bush
June 21, 2017

The BJP yesterday announced the name of the 71-year-old Kovind, a low-profile Dalit leader and a two-term BJP Rajya Sabha member, as its choice for President.

NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind has been accorded a 'Z+' cover of NSG commandos by the Union government. The Bihar Chief Minister is known to take a line different from other political parties as was reflected on the demonetisation decision. She said "We are also of the opinion that it would have been better if NDA had named some non-political Dalit person as President nominee'".

Kovind was till Monday the Bihar Governor and shared a warm relationship with Nitish Kumar.

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Leaders of the non-NDA parties, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP president Sharad Pawar and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, will meet on June 22 to discuss the matter, they added.

The Prime Minister said that Kovind will make an exceptional President and continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised.

Referring to BJP president Amit Shah's visit to his residence on Sunday, Thackeray today said Shah had sought our support for their candidate, though his name was not declared then.

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Kovind belongs to the Dalit community Koli and had worked extensively in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and also has the backing of BJP's ideological parent, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). "A farmers son, Dalit leader & successful lawyer, he is certain to be an exemplary President", tweeted Vijai Sardesai, Goas Agriculture Minister. The names of Meira Kumar and Shinde have been floated to counter the NDA so that parties like the BSP would have no problem going against the NDA Dalit candidate.

With its decision on support, the Sena thus joins the National Democratic Alliance ranks for the first time in 15 years in a presidential election, after acting tough for a couple of months in the run-up to the election to the top elected post in the country.

President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to also discharge the function of Governor of Bihar until further notice.

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