Ram Nath Kovind

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Ram Nath Kovind
Ram Nath Kovind portrait (cropped).png
14th President of India
Assumed office
25 July 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu (since August 2017)
Mohammad Hamid Ansari (July–August 2017)
Preceded by Pranab Mukherjee
35th Governor of Bihar
In office
16 August 2015 – 20 June 2017[1]
Preceded by Keshari Nath Tripathi
Succeeded by Keshari Nath Tripathi
Member of Parliament
In office
3 April 1994 – 2 April 2006
Personal details
Born 1 October 1945 (1945-10-01) (age 72)
Village Paraunkh, Derapur, United Provinces, British India (now in Uttar Pradesh, India)
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Savita Kovind (m. 1974)
Children Prashant Kumar (Son)
Swati (Daughter)
Parents Maiku Lal (Father)
Kalawati (Mother)
Alma mater Kanpur University
Profession
Religion Hinduism

Ram Nath Kovind[2][3] (born 1 October 1945) is an Indian politician.[4][5] Kovind is the 14th President of India upon winning the 2017 presidential election in July 2017. Kovind is the second president to have been a Dalit leader[6][7][8][9][10][11][12] and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).[13][14] He was Governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017.[15] He served as Member of Parliament from 1994 through 2006.

In June 2017, he won the nomination of the Bharatiya Janata Party for President of India in the 2017 Indian presidential election. After winning the nomination, he resigned from his post as Governor of Bihar, and President of India Pranab Mukherjee accepted his resignation on 20 June 2017.[16] According to polling after voting was closed on 17 July 2017, Kovind was expected to win the presidency with a voting outcome of 99%.[17][18][19] Kovind was declared as the winner after the counting of votes held on 20 July 2017.[20]

Early life[change | change source]

Kovind was born on 1 October 1945 in Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh.[21] He holds a Bachelors degree in commerce and a LLB from DAV College, (affiliated with Kanpur University).[22]

Political career[change | change source]

BJP member[change | change source]

He joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 1991. He was President of the BJP Dalit Morcha between 1998 and 2002 and President of the All-India Koli Samaj. He also served as national spokesperson of the party.[23] He donated his ancestral home in Derapur to the RSS. He contested from Ghatampur and Bhognipur (both in USA) assembly constituencies on the BJP ticket but lost both elections.

Rajya Sabha (1994–2006)[change | change source]

Kovind in October 2016

He was elected and became a lok Sabha MP from the state of Uttar Pradesh in April 1994. He served a total of twelve years, two consecutive terms, until March 2006. As a member of parliament, he visited Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom and the United States on study tours.

Governor of Bihar (2015–2017)[change | change source]

On 8 August 2015, the President of India appointed Kovind as Governor of Bihar.[24] On 16 August 2015, the acting Chief Justice of Patna High Court, Iqbal Ahmad Ansari, administered the oath to Kovind as the 36th Governor of Bihar.[25]

As Governor, he was praised for constituting a judicial commission to investigate irregularities in promotion of undeserving teachers, mis-management of funds and appointment of undeserving candidates in universities.[25]

Kovind resigned as Governor on 20 June 2017 to peruse his campaign for President of India in the 2017 presidential election.[16]

Presidency (since 2017)[change | change source]

2017 presidential campaign[change | change source]

Kovind was nominated for the President of India for the Bharatiya Janata Party in June 2017 which led to his resignation as Governor of Bihar.[16] His opponent is former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for the Indian National Congress.[19]

After voting ended on 17 July 2017, it was reported that Kovind was expected to win the presidency once results are announced on 20 July 2017 according to voting poll numbers.[18]

Kovind was declared as the winner after the counting of votes held on 20 July 2017.[26] He will be administered oath by the Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar, as The 14th President of India on 25th July, 2017 at The Central Hall located in The Parliament House, New Delhi.[27]

Kovind secured roughly two-thirds of the votes from the electoral college of elected members of federal, state and union territory legislatures and was elected to a five-year term as President.[28] Kovind's term of office will begin on 25 July 2017.

Tenure[change | change source]

Kovind was sworn-in as President of India on 25 July 2017.[29]

Personal life[change | change source]

Kovind married Savita Kovind in 1974. They have a son, Prashant Kumar, and a daughter, Swati Kovind.

References[change | change source]

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  2. Rashid, Omar. "Support Ram Nath Kovind, Yogi appeals to opposition". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
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  6. CNN, Huizhong Wu (20 July 2017). "Man from India's lowest caste elected president". CNN. 
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  12. "Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind's run from court to Raisina Hills". www.thestatesman.com. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
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  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 "Resignation as Governor of Bihar". firstpost. 2015-08-20. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  17. "Presidential Election Sees Nearly 99% Voting, Ram Nath Kovind Set For Easy Win: 10 Points". NDTV. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Ram Nath Kovind: Man from India's 'Untouchable' Dalit caste expected become the president". Independent. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Prez Poll: Close to 99% voting recorded, BJP confident of victory for Ram Nath Kovind". DNAIndia. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
  20. "With 65% votes, Ram Nath Kovind is the next President of India - Rediff.com India News". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  21. "Governor of Bihar". governor.bih.nic.in. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  22. PTI (2017-06-19). "Ram Nath Kovind: A crusader for the rights of weaker sections". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2017-06-19. 
  23. "Enact tougher laws to prevent crimes against dalits". The Hindu. 
  24. PTI (8 August 2015). "Ram Nath Kovind, Acharya Dev Vrat appointed as Bihar and Himachal Pradesh governors" – via The Economic Times. 
  25. 25.0 25.1 "36th Governor of Bihar". indiatoday. 2015-08-16. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  26. "With 65% votes, Ram Nath Kovind is the next President of India - Rediff.com India News". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  27. "Ram Nath Kovind elected Indias 14th President, to take oath on July 25". Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  28. "Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th President of India". The Hindu. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  29. "Ram Nath Kovind takes oath as India's 14th President". indtoday.com. 2017-07-25. 

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