The announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met party president Amit Shah and other leaders in a meeting held in New Delhi. "All parties have been informed about the decision", Amit Shah told reporters.
"A prominent Dalit face as the Presidential nominee is a good decision and we support it", Rao said. TDP is one of the principle partners of the NDA and its national president and Andhra chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu had already announced that his party would support whoever the PM choses as the NDA's Presidential candidate.
Naidu also spoke to Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav and Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal over phone and met Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra in this regard.
He is Bcom and LLB by qualification from Kanpur University (Uttar Pradesh).
Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind is known for his proximity with Home Minister Rajnath Singh but has also been a hardcore supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetization drive that eliminates black money and corruption in the society.
On his official website, Kovind, a lawyer and parliamentarian, describes himself as a "crusader" for the rights and causes of "weaker sections of society", including India's scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other so-called backward classes. "BJP should have discussed the name with all the NDA constituents". He was enrolled as an Advocate in 1971 with the Bar Council of Delh.
Chairman of Rajya Sabha House Committee.
Ram Nath Kovind has been a pioneer in spreading education.
The presidential poll, which is scheduled for 17 July, will conclude on 20 July when the counting of the votes begins.