The sudden proclamation of the BJP government has surprised the Indians regarding presidential election 2017. BJP government nominated Bihar Governor and senior BJP leader Ram Nath Kovind as the National Democratic Alliance’s Presidential nominee.
Ram Nath Kovind has elevated himself as a senior BJP leader and Bihar governor though, he emanated from Dalit family.
Brief background of Ram Nath Kovind:
He was born on October 1, 1945, in Uttar Pradesh. He was the first Dalit leader who stepped into politics in 1994. He has also served as a member of the board of management of Dr.B.R Ambedkar University, Lucknow. Even though, he passed the civil service examination instead of being a IAS officer, he practiced law in high court and also in Supreme Court for 16 years. Ram Nath Kovind joined Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) in 1991 and became the president of BJP Dalit Morcha. He also served as national spoke person of the party. In 1991, he became MP from the state of Uttar Pradesh. As a Member of Parliament, he had emphasized on the field of education in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. On 8 Aug 2015, he became the Governor of Bihar. He had represented India in the United Nations and addressed the UN Assembly in October 2002.
He had raised his voice for the welfare of the Dalits and was a representative of Dalits at diverse platforms. He was considered to be the crusader for the Dalits. If he wins the Presidential election, he will be the second Dalit President of India after Kocheril Raman Narayanan.
BJP government suggests him as the Presidential nominee because they felt that he possesses all the relevant qualities. But it will be known to us only after the election! The result of the electoral college was also in favor of him. He is higher than his opponent by 60%.
There are so many oppositions for choosing him as the presidential nominee. Despite that, he filed his nomination papers on 23rd June 2017 in the presence of Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, L K Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami.
His resignation as Governor follows after his nomination. Pranab Mukherjee accepted his resignation as Governor of Bihar in Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday. Ram Nath Kovind said, “I am thankful to all those who have supported me, I will try to maintain the dignity of the post.” In his speeches, he uses some of his favorite words “every one of us needs to be the best of this Shamta (capacity), Samata (maintain parity), Namrata (humility) and Mamata (love).” It would be nice if the same is implemented when he gains the position!
India brings out the person to fight, who was hidden in the dark till now. So far, Ram Nath Kovind was unknown to most of the people, but by becoming the presidential nominee, he is now known to the world.