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NEW DELHI: Ram Nath Kovind has been elected the next President of India. The government-backed candidate won two-third of the votes cast by an electoral college of MPs and state lawmakers. Flowers and extra security had arrived at the former Bihar governor’s home in Delhi long before the official announcement and sweets were passed around at his hometown in Uttar Pradesh. Mr Kovind, 71, will be sworn in on July 25. “It is a great responsibility, my job will be to uphold and protect the Constitution. My election to this post is a sign of the greatness of India’s democracy,” Mr Kovind said after the results showed him take an unassailable lead over Opposition candidate Meira Kumar.
1. Some 4,800 members of parliament and state assemblies cast votes on Monday to choose between Mr Kovind and Meira Kumar, a former speaker backed by a 17-member bloc of opposition parties.
2. “I congratulate Kovind ji but our fight does not end today because there are for ideologies that most Indians hold sacred,” Ms Kumar said.
3. Counting began at 11 am with the ballot box of Parliament House being opened first, followed by the ones received from all the states.
4. The presidential poll on Monday saw nearly 99 per cent voting, the highest ever, according to returning officer said. Polling was held simultaneously at 32 polling stations — one in Parliament House and one each in 29 state assemblies and two union territories with assemblies.
5. Ram Nath Kovind is a Dalit leader and a farmer’s son, and his humble origins and simple lifestyle were stressed by BJP leaders.
6. The former Bihar Governor has served two terms as a member of the Rajya Sabha. He is a trained lawyer who has appeared at the High Court and Supreme Court.
7. PM Modi’s choice of Mr Kovind was seen as a masterstroke to divide the opposition and keep allies together as well as a move to consolidate its growing support among politically vital backward castes.
8. Mr Kovind will be the second Dalit President of India after KR Narayanan.
9. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) broke ranks with the opposition to support Mr Kovind and the BJP’s partner Shiv Sena, which has in the last two Presidential elections voted against its own alliance, too has supported Mr Kovind.
10. Ms Kumar’s support to Mr Kovind came as a big blow to the opposition, which had picked the Presidential elections as an occasion to forge an anti-BJP bloc ahead of the 2019 general elections.
TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Jul 20, 2017, 09.12 PM IST
Ram Nath Kovind was today elected as India’s 14th President. He will take oath on July 25. Leaders across political spectrum congratulated, heaped praise on the President-elect:
Who is Ram Nath Kovind, India’s new President?
Ram Nath Kovind,who was voted in as India’s 14th President on Thursday, was a lawyer who practised in the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court for 16 years.
The Dalit leader first stepped into politics in 1994 when he was elected as a Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh. He served for two consecutive terms for 12 years till March, 2006. He represented India in the United Nations in New York and addressed United Nations General Assembly in October, 2002.
During his parliamentary tenure, Mr. Kovind emphasised on development of basic infrastructure for education in rural areas and helped in the construction of school buildings in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand under MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development) Scheme. He has served as a member of several parliamentary committees, including the Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment, among others.
Mr. Kovind served as a member of the Board of Management of Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
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New Delhi (CNN), A relatively unknown political operator and member of India’s lowest Dalit caste has been elected as the country’s 14th president.
Ram Nath Kovind, who until recently was governor of the eastern state of Bihar, won an overwhelming majority to beat opposition Congress party candidate, Meira Kumar, a former parliament speaker and also a member of the Dalit community.
The election of 71-year-old Kovind, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate, is widely viewed as part of a strategy by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to widen support among India’s 200 million-strong Dalit community.
Kovind is the second Dalit to become Indian president, after K. R. Narayanan, in office from 1997 to 2002.
Dalits, who are often referred to as untouchables, occupy the lowest rung on India’s caste system. Traditionally viewed as “impure” the group continues to grapple with persecution and exclusion.
Kovind, a lawyer by training who has practiced in both the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court, has never held popularly elected office and lacks an independent power base. For the last two years he has occupied the governorship of Bihar, a position appointed by the prime minister. He also served as the national spokesman of the BJP between 2010 and 2012.