The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and Chief of BJP, Amit Shah had once again surprised everyone with their choice of Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind who is a Dalit leader hailing from Kanpur. He will be represented as the presidential candidate of NDA on Monday, today.
As the BJP parliamentary board officially endorsed Kovind for the nomination, Shah made an official announcement.
To note, Kovind, aging 71 has twice been in the Rajya Sabha. He has also been the national spokesperson, but was not very active in the post, and he has also headed the SC Morcha of BJP.
Kovind is of Dalit caste in Uttar Pradesh. According to Shah, the Prime Minister has invited Chief of Congress – Sonia Gandhi, and former PM – Manmohan Singh to make the announcement.
It is likely that the congress, left parties, RJD, and DMK will be putting up candidates competing Kovind because he is a right winger.
Congress is said to pop up Meira Kumar who is a leader from the Dalit. She is also a former Lok Sabha speaker, as the opposition candidate.