BJP picks Bihar Guv Ram Nath Kovind as Presidential nominee

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: File photo of Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: File photo of Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind.
Photo – PTI

The BJP Parliamentary Board, the party’s highest decision making body, has nominated Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential nominee of the ruling NDA combine. The decision was announced by party chief Amit Shah after the conclusion of its top meet, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He will file his nomination for the Presidential polls on June 23, said Amit Shah while announcing the BJP Parliamentary meet’s decision in a presser.

Shah also said that all the Opposition leaders, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh have been informed about the decision.

“I hope they will all agree with the name,” he said.

71-year-old Kovind took over as the governor of Bihar on August 8, 2015. Prior to that he had also served two termed in Rajya Sabha, besides holding several portfolios in the BJP.

Kovind was born in Kanpur on October 1, 1945 and is an advocate by profession.

Earlier, the committee of senior union ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley, formed by Amit Shah, had held discussions with the Opposition leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaraj Yechury over the issue.

Senior party leader Arun Jaitley had also taken up the issue with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the phone.

On Sunday, Shah also held a close-door meeting with ally Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in a bid to ensure support of allies in the presidential election.