Rising speculations about the BJP Presidential candidate has finally come to an end as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced Ram Nath Kovind as its upcoming Presidential election candidate.
A parliamentary board meeting chaired to select the candidate was chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Here are a few facts which you must know about the BJP Candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
- A senior BJP leader Ram Nath Kovid (71) has also served as the Governor of Bihar.
- After the announcement, Kovind was asked to flow down from Patna to Delhi.
- Dalit by cast, Kovind is another strategic way of welcoming support from backward and underprivileged casts
- Kovind had gone to Delhi to prepare for IAS entrance examinations after graduating from Kanpur college.
- Flunked twice but cleared it in the third attempt, Kovind did not join IAS as he started practising the law thereafter.
- During the two terms 1994-2000 and 2000-2006, Kovind has been elected to Rajya Sabha from the Uttar Pradesh.
- Kovind who also practices advocacy in Supreme Court, has also represented India in the United Nations in New York. He had also addressed United Nations General Assembly in October 2002.
- Although the BJP leaders are satisfied with the party’s presidential candidate, the Shiv Sena and Congress are expressing non-conformity with the party’s decision.
- The BJP and its supporters are likely to position candidate Kovind in the best possible manner, thereby assuring a ppssible win for the candidate.
- Kovind will hold a meeting with PM Modi who is about to leave for US this weekend.
- Kovind will file his nomination papers on Friday.
Congress, however, will hold a meeting to decide if they shall support Governor Kovind in his presidential candidate.
Not only this, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who shares an uber amicable relationship with Governor Kovind flew down to Delhi to meet the candidate.
Besides garnering support from Dalit community, the candidate has also garnered support from the south regional parties among others who have validated their support to the ruling alliance.