The NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind will be in the Uttar Pradesh capital tomorrow to seek support from elected representatives while preparation in the Assembly is on for smooth conduct of voting, slated for July 17. The NDA’s candidate Kovind will file his nomination papers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind is likely to bag over 62% of the votes in the presidential election, but may fall short of the 69% polled by Pranab Mukherjee in 2012. The president is elected by members of an Electoral College made up of members of Parliament and state legislatures.
Born in 1945 to Congress veteran leader Jagjivan Ram from Bihar, who switched over to Janata Party in 1977 elections, she remained away from politics for a long time.
The former Bihar Governor and BJP’s Dalit leader said the President was the supreme commander of the armed forces.
The 71-year-old, after filing his nomination papers, said that he had ceased to belong to any political party after he became the governor of Bihar in 2015.
On the other Opposition led by Congress had manged to field Meira Kumar as candidate after hectic parleys. Apart from that, regional parties such as the AIADMK, BJD, TRS and JD (U) have thrown their weight behind Kovind. He also declared that Kovind was the “president-in-waiting” due to the way the numbers had stacked up and Kumar at best would be able to put up a “token” fight. “It is our priority to secure the borders of our country”.
But, while fielding a Dalit as candidate for the Presidency of the country is an overt attempt to win over the Dalits in the country, there are very few Dalits holding political office in India.
The decision to support Kovind was taken as per the directions of Party General Secretary V.K. Sasikala, who was at present lodged in Bengaluru prison following her conviction in the DA case. “Past records show those sailing on two boats have often got drowned”, Paswan, who was here in Patna to host Iftar party, told the media on Saturday.