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BJP names Bihar governor and Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind as presidential candidate

Kovind is a two-time Rajya Sabha member and former national spokesperson of the BJP.
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BJP names Bihar governor and Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind as presidential candidate
Ram Nath Kovind, the governor of Bihar, has been named the BJP’s candidate for the presidential poll. Kovind’s candidature is likely to help the BJP warm up to India’s Dalit communities that make up more than 15% of the population and are electorally significant in many big states.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party proposed Bihar governor and Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind’s name for India’s next president on Monday, a move being seen as part of the party’s outreach towards the country’s backward castes.

At a press conference in Delhi after a meeting of the BJP’s parliamentary board, party chief Amit Shah announced the 71-year-old former lawyer and two-time Rajya Sabha MP’s name.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken to Sonia Gandhi – president of the principal opposition Congress party – and former PM Manmohan Singh about the decision.

“Sonia ji has said that they will hold a discussion before a decision,” Shah told reporters.

Kovind’s candidature is likely to help the BJP warm up to India’s Dalit communities that make up more than 15% of the population and are electorally significant in many big states.

 

 

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