Dalit Face of NDA government as Presidential candidate
Born on 1 October 1945 in Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh, Kovind hails from a Dalit background.
Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind will be NDA's presidential candidate for the upcoming Presidential election. The presidential election is scheduled to be held on 17 July 2017.
The announcement was made by BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi after BJP Parliamentary Board meeting, where the name for the leader for the upcoming Presidential election was discussed. Amit Shah said that Kovind has worked hard for the Dalits and backwards section of society.
Who is Ram Nath Kovind
• Kovind, a Dalit leader and a politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is the present Governor of Bihar. He was appointed as the governor of the state by President Pranab Mukherjee on 8 August 2015.
• Born on 1 October 1945, Kovind was elected to Rajya Sabha from the state of Uttar Pradesh during the two terms of 1994-2000 and 2000-2006.
• He is an advocate by profession and practices in Delhi.
• He is a former President of the BJP Dalit Morcha (1998-2002) and President of the All-India Koli Samaj.
• He also served as national spokesperson for the party.
• He has served as a Central Government Advocate in Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979 and Central Government Standing Counsel in Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993.
• He became Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India in 1978.
• Kovind has also served several committees as its member, some of them includes
a) Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes
b) Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment
c) Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs
d) Parliamentary Committee on Law and Justice
e) Parliamentary Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas
f) Chairman of Rajya Sabha House Committee
Selection process of President in India
The president of India is elected via an electoral college consisting of the elected members of both houses of parliament, the elected members of the Legislative assemblies of the 29 states and the elected members of the legislative assemblies of the Union Territories of Delhi and Puducherry.
As of 2017, the Electoral College comprises 776 MPs and 4120 MLAs. The total strength of Electoral College is 1098882 votes. Halfway mark is 549442 votes. After state assembly elections and by-polls of 2017, NDA is short of nearly 20000 votes.
Nomination of the Candidate
The nomination of a candidate for election to the office of the President must be subscribed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 electors as seconders. The election is held in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the Single transferable vote method. The voting takes place by secret ballot. The manner of election of President is provided by Article 55 of the Constitution.