Ram Nath Kovind files nomination papers for President, says will always uphold dignity of post

The 2017 Presidential election will see a Dalit versus Dalit as Seventeen Opposition parties on Thursday announced former Lok Sabha Speaker and Congress veteran Meira Kumar as their joint candidate for the post against the NDA's pick former Bihar Governor.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2017 1:07 pm
Ram Nath Kovind, Kovind nomination, ram nath kovind nomination live, Narendra Modi, presidential election 2017, Pranab Mukherjee, Meira Kumar, NDA candidate, Presidential election: Ram Nath Kovind is estimated to get 62 per cent of the votes in the Electoral College. (Source: ANI photo)

The National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind filed his nomination papers on Friday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of different BJP-ruled states and its allies. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palaniswami and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao were a part of the event, however, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar who supported Kovind’s nomination was not present due to some reasons. As Kovind has the support of non-NDA constituents such as the AIADMK, TRS, BJD and JD(U), he is estimated to get 62 per cent of the votes in the Electoral College.

The 2017 Presidential election will see a Dalit versus Dalit as Seventeen Opposition parties on Thursday announced former Lok Sabha Speaker and Congress veteran Meira Kumar as their joint candidate for the post against the NDA’s pick former Bihar Governor. The election is scheduled to be held on July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20.

Follow Ram Nath Kovind’s nomination filing highlights here:

12:32 pm: Ram Nath Kovind is leaving after filing nomination.

12:25 pm: Will always uphold 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: Ram Nath Kovind.

12:04 pm: PM Modi, LK Advani, former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, AP CM Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao sat as Kovind submitted his nomination papers.

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12:03 pm: Ram Nath Kovind files nomination papers.

11:57 am: Ram Nath Kovind goes to file nomination. Flanked by Narendra Modi, LK Advani.

11:45 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Parliament House. Ram Nath Kovind will file his nomination papers shortly.

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11:00 am : Ram Nath Kovind arrives in Parliament House with BJP President Amit Shah.

Ram Nath Kovind, Amit shah, Kovind nomination, ram nath kovind nomination live, Narendra Modi, presidential election 2017, BJP president Amit Shah with NDA Candidate Ramnath Kovind leaves from 10 Akbar road for filing nomination papers at the Parliament House in New Delhi on Friday. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

10:34 am: Chief ministers Chandrababu Naidu, Yogi Adityanath, Devendra Fadnavis arrives at the Parliament House. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu joins the battery of CMs to accompany Ram Nath Kovind when he files papers today.

10:33 am: PM Narendra Modi is expected to arrive Parliament House by 11:30 am. Ram Nath Kovind to file nomination by 12, say BJP leaders.

10:30 am: I will ask Nitish ji to reconsider his decision, Meira Kumar will win: Lalu Yadav on JDU’s support to NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

10:24 am: With two factions of AIADMK backing NDA in Presidential poll, former Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam was seen with BJP leaders outside the Parliament House.

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10:22 am: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrives Parliament House.

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10:20 am: Bouquets ready to receive NDA Prez candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

10:10 am: NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind has left from North Avenue.

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    madhusudan Bangalore
    Jun 23, 2017 at 2:08 pm
    Nitish is losing grip of Bihar politics due to an unholy alliance with corrupt convicted criminal Laloo. Both sons of Laloo are caught in looting public money and amassed huge wealth as revealed by different investigation agencies and seizure of a dozen assets in different cities of the country. The stern action should be taken by govt against Laloo and his family for looting public money worth thousands of crores. Nitish Kumar must take immediate action to sack both sons of Laloo from ministry immediately. Otherwise, this will tarnish the image of Nitish Kumar to the maximum extent and public will oust JD(U)'S govt from BIHAR forever.
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    Syed Ahmed
    Jun 23, 2017 at 12:37 pm
    Does it matter?
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    Apurba
    Jun 23, 2017 at 12:28 pm
    Hi, I am Apurba from IIMC. Shri Ram Nath Kovind was one of our Board Members at IIMC. I am sure that he will win in the ensuing Presidential Polls. I feel proud for him.
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