Ram Nath Kovind files nomination papers, says Presidential post should be above party politics

After submitting the nomination papers, Ram Nath Kovind said, "I will do my best to maintain the dignity of the office of President of India, a post on which several distinguishing people have served. I am thankful to all those who have supported me."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 23, 2017 2:03 pm
Ram Nath Kovind, Kovind nomination, presidential election 2017, Meira Kumar, LK Advani, narendra Modi, Presidential election: Chandrababu Naidu said, “Ram Nath Kovind is the best candidate for President post.” (Source: ANI photo)

The National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind on Friday filed his nomination papers in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, top BJP leaders LK Advani and Amit Shah. As a show of strength, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states and its allies – Parkash Singh Badal, Chandrababu Naidu, K Chandrashekhar Rao – were also present on the occasion.

After submitting the nomination papers, Kovind said, “I will do my best to maintain the dignity of the office of President of India, a post on which several distinguished people have served. I am thankful to all those who have supported me.”

He further said, “Rashtrapati ka padd dalgat rajneeti se upar hona chahiye (The post of the President should be above party politics). Ever since I became governor, I don’t belong to any political party.” Speaking about national security, the 72-year-old leader said, “The president is also the supreme commander of all three forces. It is our responsibility to keep our border secure.”

After days of speculation, the NDA had chosen the Bihar Governor, Kovind, as its presidential candidate. Kovind is a Dalit leader from Uttar Pradesh and had been a member of the Rajya Sabha.

Soon after his filing of nomination papers, Naidu said, “Ram Nath Kovind is the best candidate for President post. It would be better to have the best for the nation.”

Besides the NDA’s constituents, which comprise over 48.6 per cent of votes in the electoral college, the Dalit leader has also gained the support of non-NDA constituents such as the AIADMK-both Sasikala and Pannerselvam faction, TRS, BJD and JD(U).  With all these supports, Kovind is now estimated to get 62 per cent of the votes in the Electoral College.

Earlier on Thursday, seventeen Opposition parties announced former Lok Sabha Speaker and Congress veteran Meira Kumar, also a Dalit, as their joint candidate against Kovind.

The presidential election will be held on July 17 and the votes will be counted on July 20. President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ends on July 24.

If elected, Kovind, 71,  will be the second Dalit to hold the post of the President after K R Narayanan, who was served as the President of India from 1997-2002.

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    KRISHNA
    Jun 23, 2017 at 6:43 pm
    FROM THE NEWS PAPERS IT IS CLEAR BOTH THE CANDIDATES DESERVE FOR THE POST HAVING THE BACKGROUND SAME TAG. NOW IT IS INDIRECT SHOW OF POLITICAL STRENGTH, EVEN THOUGH ELECTION IS NOT ON PARTY BASIS.
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    Ashutosh V Divecha
    Jun 23, 2017 at 5:51 pm
    सोनिया का विवाह राजीव गाँधी से हुई तो वो इटालियन से शुद्ध भारतीय हो गयी, लेकिन मीरा कुमार का विवाह ''ब्राह्मण'' से हुई लेकिन वो अभी भी ''दलित'' ही है ?.. ?.. ?.... ? तुम लाश तक में "दलित" ढूंढ लेते हो हमने राष्ट्रपति में ढूंढ लिया तो मिर्ची लग गई !
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    V R
    Jun 23, 2017 at 5:10 pm
    BJP found a presidential candidate in a dalit. Congress Left found the dalit in the presidential candidate..
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    Parth Garg
    Jun 23, 2017 at 4:40 pm
    If elected, please walk the talk.
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    Indian
    Jun 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    Right- not only party politics but also caste politics(as long as sonia /lulu like people are in politics tthis will never happen ) . How congress playing dirty game .If BJP fields Dalit then only these corrupt will field the dalit ? strange politics and dirty politics .
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