In an unlikely choice of candidate for the top job of the country, the BJP has declared Ram Nath Kovind, Governor of Bihar, as NDA’s official candidate for the post of President. His candidature has been announced by the BJP President Amit Shah on Monday following the Parliamentary Party Meeting in the capital. Confirming about his candidature, Amit Shah revealed that Kovind is the NDA’s consensus candidate in the run up to the election of Indian President. The BJP President also said that he would ask Congress party President Sonia Gandhi to support NDA’s nominee. The Presidential elections scheduled to be held on 17 July this year.
Ram Nath Kovind (born on 1 October 1945, Village Paraunkh, Tehsil Derapur District Kanpur Dehat) is a current Governor of Bihar. Kovind is a politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party-BJP and also considered close to Home Minster Rajnath Singh. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from the state of Uttar Pradesh during the two terms of 1994-2000 and 2000-2006. He is an advocate by profession and practices in Delhi. On June 19, 2017, he is a former President of the BJP Dalit Morcha (1998-2002) and President of the All-India Koli Samaj. He also served as national spokesperson for the party. On 8 August 2015, the President of India appointed him the Governor of Bihar.