Everything you wanted to know about presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind
Ram Nath Kovind, the NDA government's candidate for the office of President of India, is known for being the noble politician whose actions always spoke louder than his words. Coming from a humble background, this 71-year-old candidate has managed to stay away from controversies all his life.
The current Governer of Bihar Ram Nath Kovind, was born on 1st October 1945 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh to a farmer. Ram Nath practised law in the past and he is a prominent leader for the Dalits. He is also popular for his impeccable organisational skills.
Since the beginning, Kovind has been a part of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was a member of Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh state for two terms, between 1994 and 2000 and 2000 and 2006. He also chaired the House Committee of Rajya Sabha. Totally sacrificing his life to serve the public, Ram Nath always had a soft spot for the poor and the underprivileged.
His educational background includes Bachelor of Commerce and an LLB degree from Kanpur University. He played the crucial role of Advocate for Central Government in the High Court of Delhi between 1977 and 1979 and also became the advocate-on-record for the Supreme Court of India in the year 1978. Having enrolled himself as an advocate with the Delhi bar council in the year 1971, he ensured free legal assistance for the poor, the women, and the weaker sections of the society, under the Free Legal Aid Society. Ram Nath was also the personal assistant to the Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai between the years 1977 and 1978.
He was on the Board of Management for Lucknow's Dr BR Ambedkar University and also found himself a place on the Board of Governors for Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. He was a representative for India at the United Nations and addressed the UN General Assembly in October, 2002.
He was appointed the Governor of Bihar in August, 2015, by the President of India.