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Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional president: PM Modi endorses NDA’s pick

The ruling BJP proposed Bihar governor and Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind’s name for India’s next president on Monday.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2017 12:37 IST
President Pranab Mukherjee is welcomed by Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind during an official visit. Kovind could be Indian’s next president.
President Pranab Mukherjee is welcomed by Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind during an official visit. Kovind could be Indian’s next president.(HT File Photo)

Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional president and continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

His remarks came hours after the BJP Parliamentary Board declared Bihar Governor Kovind as the NDA’s choice for President.

“I am sure Shri Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional President & continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden & marginalised,” the prime minister tweeted.

He said with an illustrious background in the legal arena, Kovind’s knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation.

Modi pointed out that Kovind, a farmer’s son, comes from a humble background. “He devoted his life to public service & worked for poor & marginalised,” he said in another tweet.

The 71-one-year-old Kovind is a Dalit leader from Kanpur. He was elected twice to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. Kovind has also practised as a Supreme Court lawyer.