Kovind Files 3 Sets of Nominations for President’s Post
New Delhi: The Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind of NDA filed his nomination papers on Friday. The NDA used the occasion to show off its strength.
Along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several top leaders of the BJP including veteran leader LK Advani and party president Amit Shah accompanied Ram Nath Kovind as he filed nomination papers on Friday. Along with them, those who supported Kovind’s candidature were present.
Speaking after filing his nomination, Ram Nath Kovind said that he was thankful to all those who supported him and assured that he would try to maintain the dignity of the post. See Also: Opposition Announces Meira Kumar As Presidential Candidate
“I believe that the Office of President should be above party and politics,” he added.
Ram Nath Kovind filed three sets of nomination papers on Friday and the final set of nomination papers will be filed on the last day of filing nomination for the Presidential election, 2017.
Each set of the nomination papers has been signed by 60 leaders as proposers and 60 as seconders. A total of 120 signatures has been put on each set of nomination papers for Ram Nath Kovind. When translated, it is 480 MPs/MLAs that signed the nomination papers of Kovind. See Also: Sirisha Joined RJ Studio Six Months Ago, Her Aunt Reveals
The winning of Dalit leader is a foregone conclusion as the vote percentage in the Electoral College is more than 61 percent at present and might increase depending on how some still undecided regional parties vote, according to BJP sources.
Meanwhile, Meira Kumar will file her nomination papers on June 27.
Since the opposition has announced Meira Kumar as their candidate, the election will take place on July 17 and the counting on July 20.
The low profile Dalit leader of BJP if elected would be the second Dalit President of the country, the first one being KR Narayanan, who occupied Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1997-2002.
Kovind enjoys a clean reputation and was never into any controversy in 26 years political career. His name sprang up as a surprise to many who were speculating various names for the post. Selecting a Dalit candidate is now seen as a political masterstroke of BJP which is striving to reach Dalit community. See Also: Nasa Launches Kalamsat, Tiniest Satellite Made By Indian Teenager