On Thursday, 20th July 2017, India welcomed it’s new President as Ram Nath Kovind won the presidential elections with 65.6% votes as opposed to Meira Kumar, who gained 34%. Coming from a humble background, he completed his education from Kanpur University(UP) and practiced as a lawyer in Delhi high Court and Supreme Court for 16 years. He was briefly associated with the bar council of India. Mr. Kovind joined BJP in 1991. He was elected as the Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh in 1994, and has also served as the President of BJP Dalit Morcha from 1998 to 2002 and the All India Koli Samaj.
- As a Member of the Parliament: During his tenure in the parliament, he took initiative to construct school buildings and encourage basic infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand under MPLAD scheme. Being a member of Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Classes/Tribes, he addressed the issues of Dalits and other backward classes. Not only this, he has also represented India in New York and the United Nations Assembly in 2002, and traveled to various countries including Pakistan and Nepal for study tours. He was the National spokesperson of Bhartiya Janata Party as well.
- Governor of Bihar: Mr. Kovind took over the office of the Governor of Bihar in August 2015 and resigned recently, after being nominated for the Presidential elections. As the Governor, he put together a judicial commission to probe into mismanagement and corruption in the field of education. This was greatly praised by everyone, including the opposition. He even tried to provide free legal aid to the weaker sections of the society. Although the idea of a “Dalit” president was greatly opposed by some, BJP decided this was the ideal way to award Mr. Kovind for his consistent hard work through the years.
He will assume office on 25th July, 2017.
Despite his low profile and non-controversial political career, Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th President of India and his work so far does promise a lot for the years to come!