Who is Ram Nath Kovind?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Governor of Bihar Ram Nath Kovind. PTI file

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Governor of Bihar Ram Nath Kovind. PTI file

The BJP on Monday announced Ram Nath Kovind as the party's official nominee for the post of the President of India.

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.

Ram Nath is the current Governor of Bihar. 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.

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.

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