Ram Nath Kovind resigns as Bihar Governor, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi gets additional charge

President Pranab Mukherjee accepted Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind's resignation.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 20, 2017 7:01 pm
Ram Nath Kovind, Bihar Governor & NDA’s presidential candidate, waves at the media as he leaves for Delhi, at Raj Bhavan in Patna on Monday (PTI Photo)

A day after his name was announced as the NDA’s pick for the upcoming presidential election, Ram Nath Kovind resigned as Bihar Governor. West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi was given additional charge of Bihar, news agency ANI reported on Tuesday. President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted Kovind’s resignation, ANI added.

Earlier today, Kovind met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and received BJP national president Amit Shah at his residence. Bihar Niwas has been witnessing a steady stream of visitors since yesterday after the NDA formally announced his name as their presidential candidate.

Kovind is a Dalit leader who was elected twice to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. He was made Governor just before Bihar went to polls in 2015. His selection has come as a surprise to those within and outside the party. The BJP is hoping that the Opposition would back Kovind, given his low-key profile and his Dalit identity. The Congress, however, accused the BJP of “unilaterally” taking a decision to nominate Kovind without consulting the Opposition parties. Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Opposition parties will meet on June 22 and discuss the next course of action. Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and BSP supremo Mayawati stopped short of expressing their support to Kovind.

After meeting Kovind in Bihar, Nitish later told reporters: “In my capacity as the Bihar Chief Minister, it is a matter of happiness that our Governor has been declared as the candidate for the next President of India.”

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  1. Nitin Deolekar
    Jun 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm
    dlit mhanun atireki kavtuk nakoch? dalit आम-बॅड-कर यांचे चुकीचे सेक्युलर कायद्यामुळे भारतात हिंदूची अशी वाईट स्थिती झाले आहे? नही होत नाही आणि सांगताही येत नाही? ढोन्गि सेक्युलर घटना समितीला साधा समान नागरी कायदा सुद्धा करता आला नाही?? बुध आमयेडकर सायबाने गरीब हिंदूना 1-पत्नी कायदा लादला? हिंदू बायका पोतगी साठी न्यायालयात भांडत बसतात! पण मुस्लिम मात्र मोकाट सोडले! 4-शादी तोंडी तलाक! त्यामुळे मुस्लिम लोकसंख्या 50 जास्त वेगाने वाढते आहे!! याला गंडी-नारू-आम-बॅड-कर यांचे चुकीचे सेक्युलर कायदे दोषी आहेत? आता पुढील ७० वर्षे नेहरू-आंबेडकरचे चुकीचे कायदे उलटे करा! हिंदूंना २-शादी लेखी तलाक!! आणि मुस्लिम बांधवांना समाजवादी चीन चा कुटुंब कायदा लावा!! १-कुटुंब-१-मूल पुढील फक्त ७० वर्षे नंतर २ चालतील !! यातूनच मुस्लिम बांधवांची खरी प्रगती आणि भरभराट होईल आणि आयसिस अतिरेकी आपोआप -च कमी होतील. बदल्यात मुस्लिम महिलांना शाळेत सानिया कडून टेनिस शिकवा !! त्यांना बीसी कोट्यात आरक्षण द्या !! आंबेडकर जातीच्या ऐवजी,
    1. T
      Jun 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm
      This dalit is no dalit, he is RSS sucker. He did not do anything for dalits nobody knows him. BJP fooling to get dalit votes in 2019. Anyways president in India is a rubber stamp. Will BJP/RSS elect a dalit prime minister? will BJP/RSS chaddi marry their daughters/sisters to dalits? these are real questions. Dalits beware, do not fall for cosmetic steps while dalit bro are lynched openly in public and in UP dalit activists in the jail but BJP/RSS thugs who started riots roaming free. The BJP/RSS chaddis are trying to make fool of public again
      1. A
        Jun 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm
        How terrible can you be your comments. You are such a terrible person tonspread hate against Hindustan and Hindus. The cut peeeenus of Christian church is in full force to spread the hate so that they can continue to make brown people their slaves after converting them. When the Christian priest gets his cut he decides to rape kids in churches.