Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind resigns

20 Juin, 2017, 15:39 | Author: Claudine Rigal
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After Ram Nath Kovind was nominated as NDA's Presidential candidate, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has been given additional charge as Bihar Governor.

The Prime Minister said that Kovind will make an exceptional President and continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised. Kovind hails from Kanpur dehat district of the state."This is a big honor for the Dalit community and the people of Uttar Pradesh", Aditya Nath said talking to the media at his official residence shortly after BJP announced Kovind's name as NDA candidate for the country's top constitutional post. "So, BJD has made a decision to extend its support to Kovind", he said. "As far as the President of India is concerned, we made a Dalit president 15 years ago; this is not the first time", Azad told ANI.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar showered praise on Governor Ram Nath Kovind, whom the ruling NDA earlier in the day named as its candidate for the July 17 presidential election, saying he is "personally glad" over his candidature. He, however, said a detailed discussion would be held on the matter within the JD (U).

Speaking to The Hitavada, Arang MLA Naveen Markandey confirmed that 20 MLAs and several MPs had signed on the nomination paper of Ram Nath Kovind as proposers and seconders.

He also described Kovind's candidature as a new social awakening.

The BJP yesterday announced the name of 71-year-old Kovind, a low-profile Dalit leader and a two-term BJP Rajya Sabha member, as its nominee for the president's post.

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Prime Minister Modi also spoke to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswamy over NDA's presidential candidate pick.

However, the decision did not go down well with some of the political parties with Congress alleging that the announcement was made without taking the grand old party into confidence while BJP's ally Shev Sena termed it a political move to lure vote bank.

Shah said the Prime Minister had called up Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh to inform them about the decision. So there is no question of mutual consent.

However, Nitish was non-committal on Monday on whether his party will support Kovind and said the Opposition leaders will decide that in their meeting, scheduled on June 22. "The opposition will meet on June 22 - only then we can announce our decision", she said.

President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the resignation of Kovind as the Governor of Bihar, a communique issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan said today.

"Kovind has discharged his duties in an unbiased manner as the Bihar Governor".

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