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Yoga Day: NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind attends event in Delhi

The presidential nominee has been accorded a ‘Z+’ cover of NSG commandos.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2017 10:46 IST
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NDA candidate for President of India Ram Nath Kovind participates in a yoga session, to mark the 3rd International Yoga Day 2017, in Connaught Place area of New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)

NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday joined the International Yoga Day celebrations in the national capital as he performed asanas at central Delhi’s Connaught Place and urged people to take up the traditional practice.

Donning a white yoga-themed t-shirt, he joined dignitaries and other enthusiasts at the iconic venue and performed routines for about 45 minutes. “We are all here to do yoga. Everyone should do yoga,” Kovind told reporters after arriving at the venue.

The 71-year-old low-profile Dalit leader and a two-term BJP Rajya Sabha member, resigned as Bihar Governor on Tuesday.

NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind (C), Union minister Vijay Goel and Member of Parliament Meenakshi Lekhi during International Day of Yoga celebrations at Connaught Place, in New Delhi, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

The presidential nominee, who arrived in Delhi on June 19, hours after his name was announced by the BJP, has been accorded a ‘Z+’ cover of NSG commandos.

Mediapersons sought to ask questions, but were fended off by NSG commandos.

The election of Kovind as India’s 14th President is a virtual certainty with several non-NDA parties too lending their support to BJP’s surprise candidature of the low-profile dalit leader and a former lawyer.

The event at Connuaght Place was also attended by Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Vijay Goel, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, besides senior BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi.

First Published: Jun 21, 2017 10:21 IST