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#RamNathKovind: This NDA Presidential candidate is a crusader to the core

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PATNA: Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind declared as NDA’s Presidential candidate has been a crusader for the Rights and Cause of Weaker Sections of the Society specially Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/ OBC/Minority/Land Women from his student days.

In the year 1997 some Government Orders were issued by the Central Government which adversely affected the interests of employees of the Scheduled Castes/Tribes.

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He joined the movement of SC/ST employees against the Central Government and consequently succeeded in getting those Government Orders null and void by the passage of three Amendments in the Constitution of India during the first NDA regime.

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Kovind has been a pioneer in spreading education. During his parliamentary tenure of 12 years, he emphasized on the development of basic infrastructure for education in rural areas by helping in construction of school buildings in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand under M.P. L.A.D. Scheme.

During his Advocacy tenure, he took a leading role in providing free legal aid to the weaker sections of society, specially SC/ST women, needy and the poor under the aegis of “Free Legal Aid Society” in Delhi.

He was born on October 1, 1945 at Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh. He is B.Com, L.L.B. from Kanpur University (Uttar Pradesh).

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Career as an Advocate – 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 became Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India in 1978. Had practiced in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years till 1993.

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He was enrolled as an Advocate in 1971 with the Bar Council of Delhi.

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Career as a Parliamentarian – Kovind became a Rajya Sabha Member in April 1994 from Uttar Pradesh and served for two consecutive terms for 12 years till March, 2006.

He also served as Member on following important Parliamentary Committees:

  • Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribe.
  • Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs
  • Parliamentary Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas.
  • Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Parliamentary Committee on Law and Justice.
  • Chairman of Rajya Sabha House Committee.

Position Held – Kovind served as Member of Board of Management of Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Lucknow.

He also served as Member of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.

He represented India in United Nations (New York) and addressed United Nations General Assembly in October, 2002.

He has visited Thailand. Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom and USA on Study Tour as Member of Parliament.

Story Courtesy: Bihar governor’s website

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