Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has welcomed the decision of BJP to propose Bihar Governor and Dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind’s name for India’s next president.
At a press conference in Delhi after a meeting of the BJP’s parliamentary board today, party chief Amit Shah announced the 71-year-old former lawyer and two-time Rajya Sabha MP’s name for President of India.
Hailing the decision, Khandu said Kovind with his humble background and vast experience would make one of the best Presidents and uphold the sanctity of the highest post of the country.
Born in a poor family on October 1, 1945 in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur Dehat district, to parents who were small farmers, Kovind studied to become a lawyer. He even cleared the prestigious IAS exams but preferred to practice in the Supreme Court.
He went on to work as Private Secretary to Morarji Desai, the then Prime Minister of India, besides representing India in the United Nations in New York.
Kovind has served as a member of several Parliamentary Committees, including Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment among others. He also served as a Member of the Board of Management of Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Lucknow and Member of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
Khandu seconded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s observation that Kovind “will make an exceptional President”.
“I wholeheartedly support the NDA’s choice for the President’s post in Kovind. Hailing from a backward class Kovindji has successfully overcome all odds and reached the pinnacles of success. He is one inspiration to millions of people. We look forward to his assuming the office of Rashtrapati Bhavan and lead the country forward with his vast treasure of experience and knowledge,” Khandu added.
Khandu appealed all political parties to support the decision taken by BJP and unanimously elect Kovind as the next President.