Ram Nath Kovind: A model Governor who JD(U) is likely to support

Ram Nath Kovind has always found a way to avoid confrontation with the state government, whether it was giving his assent to Nitish Kumar’s controversial liquor law criticised by the BJP for some of its draconian provisions or the appointment of vice chancellors and pro VCs.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: June 19, 2017 6:16 pm
Ram Nath Kovind, Presidential candidate, Bihar governor, JD(U) support, Nitish Kumar Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with Governor Ram Nath Kovind after swearing-in-ceromony at Rajbhawan in Patna on Sunday, August 16,2015. (Source: Express Photo By Prashant Ravi/File)

Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA candidate for President of India, enjoys the reputation of someone who always stays away from controversy and is popular across party lines. He has a good rapport with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad has never spoken against him, publicly. Though the JD(U) has not yet announced its support for Kovind’s candidature, sources said the party would in all probability support him.

The only time the JD(U) had any problems with Kovind was when the BJP had tried to play politics with his Dalit background during the 2015 election campaign, soon after his appointment to Raj Bhavan. Since then, the Grand Alliance government has not questioned his conduct as Bihar’s Governor.

Whether it was giving his assent to Nitish Kumar’s controversial liquor law criticised by the BJP for some of its draconian provisions or the appointment of vice chancellors and pro VCs, Kovind has always found a way to avoid confrontation with the state government. He seems to be of the opinion that such issues are best left to the courts.

The BJP could have scored political points had the governor raised objections to some of the provisions in the liquor ban such as a community fine, holding all adults of a household responsible if any member is found drinking or possessing liquor and the confiscation and auction of property of an accused. However, Governor Kovind did not go down that route; instead he gave a go-ahead to the law.

His non-controversial tenure has been appreciated all the more given tiffs between Raj Bhavan and the government over appointments of VCs during tenure of former governor Debanand Konwar not too long ago. A BJP leader called Kovind “an erudite Dalit leader who has an aura around him and is a liberal face of the BJP”.

The JD(U) will wait till 22 June when the Opposition will meet to discuss Kovind’s candidature. It will not come as a surprise if the JD(U) goes ahead and supports Kovind, the way it had supported Pranab Mukherjee when the JD(U) was still been a part of the NDA.

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    bangalorean
    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:39 pm
    i feel even sonia gandhi should have joined hands with modiji - but she has erred here. she could have gained lot of closeness with modiji and there by could have got lot of benefits from bjp. no she has lot it. no projects will be sanctioned in those states where different parties have joined hands to support meika kumar. since she is a nominee of congress and if she wins (none of her projects will get cleared by bJP governemnt ) and every day in and daoy out she will be humiliated. she is is not fit for the post also as she has no world politics which is the need of the day.
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      bangalorean
      Jun 23, 2017 at 4:34 pm
      meira kumar has no caliber even in holding speaker possible - as reported she always used to say "baith jayiye" and that is the only politicsvocabularyy she has. but the president postshould have wide range of subjects of tour country which she lacks completely. yes we need a merited candidate for the post.
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          Ramu Ramakesavan
          Jun 20, 2017 at 1:12 am
          So, his only qualification is he does not create any controversies! What has he done for the people of India besides being a filthy rich dalit?
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            bangalorean
            Jun 23, 2017 at 4:45 pm
            everyday there will be fighting between her and pm of this country as the two ideologically different parties wants to execute heir rights. sonia gandhi has completely erred in nominating meira kumar. even this lady should not have been greedy for the posts. - as she has already enjoyed the speaker at the mercy of sonia gandhi and enjoyed so many foreign country visits for silly reasons. she will be happy to go visiting with many counties though she no iota of international politics -as basically not so much merited.
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