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Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind NDA's presidential candidate: Amit Shah


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New Delhi, Jun 19 (IANS): Springing a surprise, the BJP on Monday named Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit and a BJP leader, as the ruling NDA's candidate for the July 17 Presidential election.

"We have decided that Ram Nath Kovind will be the NDA Presidential candidate," Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said after a nearly two-hour meeting here of the party's Parliamentary Board attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior leaders.

He said the BJP and the National Democratic Alliance had been discussing the Presidential election for long.

"The BJP also discussed the issue with all political parties and several sections of the society. After this, a long list (of candidates) was prepared which was discussed during the Parliamentary Board meeting," Shah told the media.

Kovind, 72, who emerged as the dark horse, is likely to file the nomination on June 23, he said. If elected, he will be the second Indian President after K.R. Narayanan to hail from the Dalit community.

The earlier names which were doing the rounds for Presidency included External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

While all NDA allies have been informed of the BJP choice, Prime Minister Modi talked to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders about the NDA choice, the BJP President said.

Modi also spoke with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (JD-U), Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (BJD), Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao (TRS) and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu (TDP).

Senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu spoke to party veterans L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.

"Ram Nath comes from a Dalit family and has struggled a lot. We hope he will be the unanimous candidate for the election," Shah said.

He said Kovind had had a long innings in public life and fought for the cause of Dalits and the poor.

An advocate by profession, Kovind was made the Governor of Bihar two years ago after the NDA took power in the centre in May 2014.

He once headed the BJP's Dalit wing. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha for 12 years and was a member of several parliamentary panels.

He had practised law in both High Court and the Supreme Court.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Tue, Jun 20 2017

    As Uddhav Thakre said, nominating Ram Nath Kovind to President post is BJP's political stunt.
    Upon BJP coming to power at center, the attacks on dalit and backword class people increased drastically, so they are just trying to do "Damage Control" by nominating Dalit leader for top post!

    They tried this game during last Bihar assembly election too by trying to use Jitan Ram Manjhi against Nitish Kumar & Lalu, but it didn't work for them. Manjhi, who trusted BJP is destroyed his political career!!!

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  • Leslie, udupi

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Sensible and rightful choice...
    We need secular minded person to control this nation...
    RSS willingness is a surprise thou...

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  • vincent rodrigues, bangaluru/Katapadi

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    He will win because of their voting strength

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  • Kbf, Kundapur

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    It doesnot matter whoever in presidential race ,what is the role,,just flaghosting and distributing medals on 26th jan

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    What are his Qualifications ...

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Fekugiri is best qualification

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  • Mahendra Shetty, Mumbai Kudla

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    ANY GIVEN DAY BETTER THAN PAPPU AND HIS MAAAA.....

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  • Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Bcom, LLB, from Kanpur university, advocate in Delhi High court and Supreme court of India for 16 years

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  • RK, mangalore

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Congress and NDTV tried Lot to separate Daliths from BJP using Cow vs Daliths. Both are most worried at present as they lost their biggest weapon till date they used against BJP. Yes It is indeed purely cast politics.. But no other option to tackle external forces. After Yogi another surprise by BJP

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  • MILAN, LUCERNE

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    BUT NOW WE CAN SEE, COW SLAUGHTER IS ALLOWED IN ALL STATES. HOPE HE DOES. OR DALITS MIGHT AGAINST HIM.

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  • Wilson K B, Kundapura

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    We need our Daliths to come up in society A great move by Sri Modi and Amit shah. I welcome this move wholeheratedly. Lets support Daliths, May caste differances in India Jai Hind

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Most of our Politicians refuse to eat food at a Dalit's house ...

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  • Jeevan, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    He is from my caste. Thank u modiji.

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  • Rakesh, Pune

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Pappu would be best suitable fro President's Post. He is having Vast Political experience and one of the great politician that world ever produced. he is going to setup Aaloo Factory everywhere in India so farmers need not to grow Potato in their fields.

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  • santhu, Mumbai/Udupi

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    haha

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  • MILAN, LUCERNE

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    HE WILL BE JUST A PUPPET. REMOTE CONTROL MAY BE MODI AND SHAH

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Children will find it very difficult to remember his name ...

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  • RK, mangalore

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Only for you.. not for us... RAMA - Natha - G(K)ovinda.. !!!

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    No....never....because they are smart enough to find out the real name & surnames now after reading history and geography of the first family in CONGiss Party!!!!

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 20 2017

    Jossy
    Don't under estimate present day children
    They r oversmart than.....

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  • mohan sr., Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Manmohan Singh or Margarate Alva are best candidates for president .. congress should feild them as opposition

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  • MILAN, LUCERNE

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    WRONG MAN... SUSHMA SWARAJ WAS THE BEST CANDIDATE.

    ALL PARTIES WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED HER. SHE HAS DONE A WONDERFUL JOB. NOT LIKE MODI. WHO ALWAYS EYE ON HIS CHAIR.

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  • Jeevan, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    shall I click agree or disagree. I don't understand. Anyways I will click agree. Because I like sushmaji.

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  • ANIKETH, MUMBAI

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    milan dont comment by jealousy feelings inside..you should know once sushma becomes president her political career finshes,
    right now sushma is doing good job.
    please be positive.

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  • Motherson, ZAMBIA

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    when will we end this Dalit bias. Why a country of a billion plus people be subjected to having a president just because he is a Dalit? There are many other eminent personalities who have done the nation proud purely on a merit. Why couldn't they have been considered.? Kovind may be a good person but he is a bad choice. Hope NDA realizes.

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  • Ramesh S, MANGALORE

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    ..why you see his caste!!..look at his education, long career..he also a lawyer for HC/SC..fantastic selection..clever move by BJP..opposition caught in surprise & in fix..they cant oppose..no one need secular certificate either..

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Another Giani Zail Singh or Pratibha Patil in the making. BJP also played dirty politics like Congress. Although the post is a ceremonial one, the person should have been selected based on ability and not on his humility to the PM. Being the largest democracy, we should have shown to the world that the selection of the country's Head is amongst the most deserving.

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Another Prathibha Patil!

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  • kas, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Advaniji ......Govinda...... The man , you saved from sos, has put you in Dust bin .... Take it easy Advaniji ........you are already 90.. Not good for rubber stamp .... after stamping, contents not readable .....

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    One more game by Bahoth joota party to lure dalit.

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Dalit appeasement !!!it has to be done and all parties know it if they dont they will be doomed in the next elections

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    This is really surprising any one!!! From no-where person like Kovind become next president of India!!! Since they already had consensus from Oppositions means their "Chelaas" will not bark now

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  • JR, MANGALORE

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    WELCOME RAM.

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  • ABDUL RAFIQ, Uchila

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Hehehe.......Totally rubber stamp. Opposition must nominate another dalit leader Mallikarjun Kharge or Meera Kumari.

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  • Nithin Poojary, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    This announcement is a slap on the Bhakts who spreads "Congress is the only party which play caste politics"

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    For that matter people like you always criticize any Candidate of NDA....so who care??? It's not to please any Bhakts....here....NDA silenced all "Chelaas" for that matter

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  • Nithin Poojary, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Whom are you fooling, If opposition really wants a contest then they will field a dalit candidate against Ram Nath. Modi has played this game just for dalit votes. So chill give such lame excuses for people who cannot understand politics.

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  • MILAN, LUCERNE

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    IS HE COW WORSHIPPER. ANYWAYS CONGRATS

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 19 2017

    Hey Ram ...

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