New Delhi: Expressing happiness over nomination of Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as NDA’s candidate for the upcoming Presidential polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he hopes the Dalit leader will serve as an exceptional President if elected.
“Shri Ram Nath Kovind, a farmer’s son, comes from a humble background. He devoted his life to public service & worked for poor & marginalised,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
He said: “With his illustrious background in the legal arena, Shri Kovind’s knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation.”
Modi said:”I am sure Shri Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional President & continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden & marginalised.”
Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit leader, is the National Democratic Alliance’s choice for India’s next President, BJP chief Amit Shah said on Monday.
He made the announcement after a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board.
A two-time member of Rajya Sabha and former national spokesperson of the party, Kovind headed the BJP’s Scheduled Caste Morcha between 1999 and 2002.
Kovind comes from the Koli community, which is classified as scheduled caste in Uttar Pradesh.
Born in 1945, Kovind was a member of the Upper House between 1994 and 2000 and between 2000 and 2006.
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