Putting an end to all speculation and what can be termed as the biggest political masterstroke in the 3 years in center, the BJP led NDA government has pushed the entire opposition on the back foot by selecting the incumbent Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its choice for the President of India. The opposition has been trying for a long time to leverage the presidential elections as an opportunity to make its presence felt as is evident by a series of meetings. Though the opposition has not proposed a name, they were waiting for the NDA government to make the first move. Starting with the Rohit Vemula case till the recent Saharanpur riots in UP, the opposition parties have played every possible dirty trick in the book to denounce BJP as an anti-Dalit party. And now by selecting Mr Kovind, BJP has left no room for the opposition parties to maneuver. If the united opposition chooses to nominate their own candidate, they would be giving out an anti-Dalit message. And with the upcoming elections in many states next year, this is not the posture the already sidelined opposition can afford to take.
Born in 1945, Ram Nath Kovind is a senior BJP leader who has twice been the member of the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. He is a lawyer by profession. Shri Ram Nath Kovind was Central Government Advocate in Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979 and Central Government Standing Counsel in Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993. He has been a very vocal and proactive advocate of Dalit rights. A prominent Dalit leader and voice of the Koli Samaj, Shri Kovind has also served as the BJP spokesperson and represented India in the United Nations in New York and addressed United Nations General Assembly in October, 2002.
Shri Kovind has been asked to come down to Delhi. He will file his nomination papers on June 23 before Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs for the US on Friday. Prime Minister Modi himself informed the leaders of the alliance partners of the decision to nominate Shri Kovind as the NDA's candidate. He also spoke to Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh to seek their support for the BJP's nominee. PM Modi also tweeted about the decision and praised Shri Kovind.
Posted On : 19-Jun-2017