Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional President, says PM Modi

Ram Nath Kovind, if elected, will be the second Indian President after KR Narayanan to hail from the Dalit community.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 19, 2017 4:05 pm
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Hailing the NDA’s announcement of Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential candidate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that Kovind would make an ‘exceptional’ President and that his “understanding of the Constitution” would benefit the nation.

“I am sure Shri Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional President and continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised,” PM Modi tweeted with regards to the NDA’s presidential choice.

Speaking about Kovind’s work for the “poor and marginalised”, Modi said that he would continue to be a “strong voice” for them. “Shri Ram Nath Kovind, a farmer’s son, comes from a humble background. He devoted his life to public service and worked for poor and marginalised,” he added.

I am sure Shri Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional President & continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden & marginalised.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 19, 2017

PM Modi further added that Kovind’s experience in the field of law would benefit the nation.

“With his illustrious background in the legal arena, Shri Kovind’s knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation,” the PM tweeted.

Seventy-one-year-old Kovind is a Dalit leader from Kanpur. He was elected twice to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. Kovind was previously BJP spokesperson. He has also practised as a Supreme Court lawyer. Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman described Kovind as someone who is “soft-spoken, well-read and articulate”.

Earlier today, the BJP parliamentary board met to discuss the names for the upcoming presidential election. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the meeting which was attended by BJP national president Amit Shah and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj Nitin Gadkari.

The party had constituted a three-member team to pick a candidate for the election. Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh, who are part of the team, met Opposition leaders to discuss the issue.

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  1. A
    Jun 20, 2017 at 2:42 am
    This guy looks ok! only issue is, he is also a chaddi ! that means is he brainless like other chaddis in the govt? is his head also filled with gober? does he also want to kill minorities in the name of beef? does he also support gau rakshak terrorist? does he also wants to impose his food habits on others violently? does he likes to impose his toiletless dirty UP culture on all of india? these questions need to be answered when a chaddi is appointed as supreme commander of our armed forces otherwise india is on the way to become another porkistan !
    1. S
      SK Gupta
      Jun 20, 2017 at 5:25 am
      The so called chassis are far better or at least less worse than the Italian mob that ruled and thoroughly looted India​ for ten long years. That money went to the pope who sent it back through NGOs to convert Hindus to Christianity! This is a Govt Elected by the people of this country. This is a Govt with Clear majority. Your are not only insulting the people of this country but also Democracy itself!
    2. P
      Paddy Singh
      Jun 20, 2017 at 2:38 am
      Mr Modi, just because you say so? No one else does
      1. B
        Jun 19, 2017 at 11:26 pm
        Modi ji, you will make the most exceptional president. Why don't you the president? yoon to lakh hasein dekhe hein, tumsa nahi dekha. tumsa nahi dekha.
        1. S
          Jun 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm
          Never trust Leaders sweet words. They are just politicians. Farmers are suffering. People are over taxed. GDP declines. Growth rate falls. Poor exploited. The rich gets fattened. Minorities under threat. No freedom to eat ones traditional diet. India is in wrong hands. I can't believe this leaders.
          1. R
            Raja Ray
            Jun 19, 2017 at 10:00 pm
            Ram Nath Kovind may not be like Shashi Taroor but will be better President than Protiva Patil. When UPA can choose Protiva, then NDA has the right to choose Kovind.
            1. S
              Jun 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm
              Credibility of PM is at its lowest. Kovind will be an accomplice in Dalit bashing by BJP. Adityanath has been given green signal to decimate as much dalits as possible. If kovind has any self respect he should not accept this nomination.
              1. A
                ak dev
                Jun 19, 2017 at 10:53 pm
                Even after being mass ra ped by UP janata, Congee supporters have not learned any lesson.
              2. B
                Jun 19, 2017 at 9:14 pm
                this feku 56 has gone out of his mind,he should be shown his way to a gutter in 2019
                1. I
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 10:44 pm
                  Get well soon. You don't support the BJP because the nominated a Dalit? Shame on you
                2. R
                  Jun 19, 2017 at 8:14 pm
                  President ke pass koi power nahi hoti toh yeh kaise 'exceptional president' banega??
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