Today live update from Delhi: Ram Nath Kovind has won the presidential election after securing over two-thirds of the total electoral college votes. Mr. Kovind will be sworn-in as the 14th President of India on July 25. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Ram Nath Kovind for winning the presidential election.
Presidential Election 2017 | Today he wins the election and Will Be 14th President Of India
PM Modi tweeted: “Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji on being elected the President of India! Best wishes for a fruitful & inspiring tenure.” Flowers and extra security had arrived at the former Bihar governor’s home in Delhi long before the official announcement and sweets were passed around at his hometown in Uttar Pradesh. The counting of votes for the presidential election began at 11 am today. The contest, between the ruling NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind and the Opposition’s Meira Kumar, both Dalits, had seen nearly 99 per cent lawmakers and legislators cast their vote – the highest ever. Voting had taken place on July 17.
Top 10 interesting facts about Ram Nath Kovind:
- Mr. Kovind, coming from a Dalit community and he is a farmer’s son and is known for his humble origins and simple lifestyle.
- Born on October 1, 1945, in Kanpur Dehat, Ram Nath Kovind is a commerce graduate. He pursued law from Kanpur University.
- Mr. Kovind practiced in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for more than 15 years.
- He is married to Savita Kovind and has a son and a daughter.
- Mr. Kovind is the former president of BJP Dalit Morcha. He has also served as the BJP’s national spokesperson.
- He was also a two-time Rajya Sabha member from the state of Uttar Pradesh between 1994-2000 and 2000-06.
- Mr. Kovind had worked as a top aide to former Prime Minister Morarji Desai and has represented India at the United Nations in New York.
- He has also been a member of several Parliamentary Committees, including the Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Social Justice and Empowerment, and Law and Justice.
- He was appointed as the Governor of Bihar by the Centre three years ago. The septuagenarian became the 36th Governor of Bihar in August 2015. His appointment had surprised many state leaders and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had voiced his displeasure over not being consulted. Though, during his term in Bihar, Governor Kovind hadn’t run into no controversy with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
- If elected, he will be the second Dalit President after KR Narayanan to hold the nation’s highest office.