Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

NDA's Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind resigns as Bihar Governor

The BJP on Monday announced the name of 71-year-old Kovind, a low-profile Dalit leader and a two-term BJP Rajya Sabha member, as its nominee for the president's post. "All those who are members of the electoral college.I will meet leaders of major political parties and seek their support.I hope that every citizen will support me", he said.

Educated in London School of Economics and an IFS officer, Narayanan's qualifications may be more impressive but Kovind too was a diligent student and had reportedly cracked the prestigious UPSC examination but opted out as he did not get the service of his choice. As soon as Kovind's name was out, backchannel talks had begun among the opposition parties and chiefs of regional parties came out declaring who they intend to support.

Kovind said the recommendation would make Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims "eligible to contest elections on reserved seats under backward class reservation". "Our stand will be positive provided the Opposition does not field any Dalit for the top post", BSP chief Mayawati said in Lucknow.

"The NDA candidate is a distinguished Scheduled Caste person". Azad said, "During the meeting, senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had said that they will inform us before any announcement for a consensus, but they informed us after taking the decision".

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The leader from Kerala, who died in 2005 at the age of 85, distinguished himself by returning twice union cabinet's recommendations to dismiss elected state governments, sending a firm message that he was no 'rubber stamp President.' First he did so when I K Gujral was the prime minister and the union cabinet sent him a proposal to dismiss the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. So, there is no question of mutual consent.

The NDA presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind on Tuesday resigned as Bihar Governor.

"There is no better candidate than him". One was of (RSS chief) Mohan Bhagwat.

The Shiv Sena, which earlier suggested M S Swaminathan for nomination as presidential candidate, now says it was not consulted, indicating its unhappiness. "But since they have chosen some other name, the party will convey to the BJP our decision soon".

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TDP - The Telugu Desam Party, a constituent of the NDA, has offered its full support to Kovind.

Telangana Chief Minister and TRS Chief Rao also extended his support to NDA's presidential candidate after speaking to Prime Minister Modi. "An intellectual with high values belonging to the Dalit community is very apt in all respects for the president's post", N Chandrababu Naidu, chief of the TDP, told PM Modi.

The BSP's stand can not be negative towards a Dalit nominee for the post of president.

West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has been given additional charge as Governor of Bihar.

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