A meeting was conducted by the party’s parliamentary board, which was presided over by PM Modi and attended by Mr Shah and other senior members of the Union Government, came up to the conclusion on who should be elected as the Presidential Candidate of the party.
BJP President, Amit Shah announced Ram Nath Kovind, Governor of Bihar, as the presidential nominee of the party. If got elected, Ram Nath Kovind would become the second Dalit President after KR Narayan. 71 year old Kovind is known as the loyal supporter of Dalit and voice of the weaker sections. “Ramnathji has always spoken for the deprived sections, and has had a long career in speaking out for Dalits and oppressed sections,” said Mr. Shah, while making the announcement.
Kovind joined BJP in the year 1991 after serving 16 years as a lawyer. After his graduation in law, he went to Delhi to study for the civil services examination, which he cleared in the third attempt. Later, in the year 1994 he was elected as the Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh. He served as the MP for two consecutive terms, i.e. for twelve continuous years till 2006. The President of India appointed him as the Governor of Bihar on 8th August 2015.
The selection of a Dalit leader for President is a move by the BJP to consolidate its growing support among backward castes and poorer voters. “With his illustrious background in the legal arena, Shri Kovind’s knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation. I am sure Shri Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional president and continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised,” Mr. Modi tweeted after the decision of the parliamentary board meeting became public.