Presidential Election: Ram Nath Kovind is Our Pick, Modi Tells Sonia | June 20, 2017, 12:07 AM IST
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Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is the BJP’s nominee for upcoming presidential election. In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Kovind, who is likely to file his papers on June 23, will make an “exceptional” president. While the NDA constituents have backed the pick, among the opposition parties the Congress and Trinamool Congress are upset that they were informed after the BJP arrived at a decision.

As it happened.
Jun 19, 2017 11:50 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets on Ram Nath Kovind:
- I am sure Shri Ram Nath Kovind will make an exceptional President and continue to be a strong voice for the poor, downtrodden and marginalised
- Shri Ram Nath Kovind, a farmer's son, comes from a humble background. He devoted his life to public service and worked for poor and marginalised
- With his illustrious background in the legal arena, Shri Kovind's knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation

Jun 19, 2017 10:38 pm (IST)

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik speaks on BJP's presidential pick:
- We support the nomination Ram Nath Kovind
- The position of President is above politics and the BJD wants to maintain that stand

Jun 19, 2017 10:36 pm (IST)

Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, who is the BJP-led NDA's nominee for the post of President of India, reaches BJP president Amit Shah's residence in New Delhi.

Jun 19, 2017 7:18 pm (IST)

AINRC has a strength of eight members in the 30 member Puducherry Assembly and AINRC is the first party here to come out with its announcement to back the NDA nominee in the poll.

Jun 19, 2017 7:16 pm (IST)

In a press release, leader of the Opposition and AINRC founder N Rangasamy said:
- AINRC extends its full support to Kovind for his win in the presidential election
- Kovind, born in a modest agriculturist family, had dedicated himself in public life and had been serving the nation

Jun 19, 2017 7:14 pm (IST)

The opposition AINRC in Puducherry on Monday extended support to  NDA's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

Jun 19, 2017 6:42 pm (IST)

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik speaks on BJP's presidential pick:
- BJD will decide on NDA's presidential candidate after discussion with senior party leaders

Jun 19, 2017 6:17 pm (IST)

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar speaks on BJP's presidential pick:
- Ram Nath Kovind is a gentleman
- He is highly educated
- This is a right choice

Jun 19, 2017 6:14 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 6:14 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 6:13 pm (IST)

Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu speaks on BJP's presidential pick:
- Ram Nath Kovind has been politics for a long time and he is aslo a accomplished lawyer
- He understands issues of the state and nation
- We have spoken to the Opposition including Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh
- We are yet to speak to the DMK...I hope they will support our candidate

Jun 19, 2017 6:10 pm (IST)

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari speaks on BJP's presidential pick:
- Ram Nath Kovind has done a lot for the society as a politician and a lawyer
- I am sure that under his leadership the country will continue in its path of development

Jun 19, 2017 6:09 pm (IST)

JD(U) leader KC Tyagi speaks on BJP's presidential pick:
- It is too early to say that we will be supporting Ram Nath Kovind
- we are yet to meet other parties...but we have been associated with Ram Nath Kovind...he has been a good governor for Bihar

Jun 19, 2017 5:01 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 4:49 pm (IST)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on BJP's presidential pick:
- Opposition will meet on 22nd June and only then they can announce their decision
- There are other big Dalit leaders in India
- Ram Nath Kovind was leader of Dalit Morcha of BJP, so they have made him candidate
- We are not against Ram Nath Kovind's nomination...It would have been better if the BJP had taken the Opposition into confidence

Jun 19, 2017 4:39 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 4:38 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 4:38 pm (IST)

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaks on BJP's presidential pick:
- As far as support is concerned, can't say anything right now. It is too early to say
- Happy to know that Kovind ji has been chosen as presidential candidate
- Will speak to Sonia Gandhi

Jun 19, 2017 4:37 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 4:36 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 4:35 pm (IST)

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut speaks to CNN-News18 on BJP's presidential pick.
- We don't see the caste of the candidate...There should be a capable person who should sit in Rashtrapati Bhavan
- BJP should have consulted all its partners before naming NDA candidate...But they didn't do it...They didn't have any name on Saturday. They suddenly thought of this name today...Sena doesn't do politics of caste or religion
- BJP came up with the presidential candidate within one day...They may not want to follow democratic process in presidential polls...Amit Shah did not give any names on Saturday during the 75-minute meeting with Uddhav Thackeray

Jun 19, 2017 4:31 pm (IST)

CPI(M) says Opposition will also put up own candidate for presidential poll.

Jun 19, 2017 4:29 pm (IST)

Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, who is the BJP’s candidate for the next President of India, is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today at 7pm.

Jun 19, 2017 3:58 pm (IST)

“The opposition parties are meeting on June 22 and will then take a call. We will decide after consulting all parties,” said CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.  

Jun 19, 2017 3:57 pm (IST)

Neighbours of Ram Nath Kovind celebrate outside his home

Jun 19, 2017 3:44 pm (IST)

Reacting to BJP’s Presidential nominee, Mamata Banerjee said, “In order to support someone we must know the person. Who is this candidate? The candidate should have been someone who would be useful for the country. The opposition parties are meeting on the June 22, only after that I can tell whether there will be a contest. Let the opposition decide. I am not saying that the Bihar governor is unfit to be President.”

Jun 19, 2017 3:38 pm (IST)

I thank PM Modi as well as Amit Shah to give UP's Ram Nath Kovind this opportunity to serve the nation. I appeal to all political parties of UP to support son of UP, Ram Nath Kovind for president, raising above politics: UP CM Yogi Adityanath

Jun 19, 2017 3:37 pm (IST)

In first comments in the BJP’s presidential pick, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says, “We don’t want to comment now. We have always maintained that all non-NDA parties should arrive at a consensus candidate. It was decided that all the political parties will arrive at a decision together. Sonia Gandhi was authorised to make a small group. The group was made and a meeting was also held. But amid all this, the BJP took the decision of talking to opposition…. Then they decided the nominee and informed our leaders.” 

The BJP had told us that they will inform us before picking the name. But they informed us after, says Azad.

Jun 19, 2017 3:35 pm (IST)

It shows this government is committed for the poor people. Only anti Dalit party will not support Ram Nath Kovind: Ram Vilas Paswan

Jun 19, 2017 3:32 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 3:18 pm (IST)

Nitish Kumar calls Ram Nath Kovind and congratulates him on being nominated at BJP's Presidential candidate

Jun 19, 2017 3:17 pm (IST)

Andhra Pradesh CM and TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu praised the PM for choosing the right candidate for the highest Constitutional post. Naidu said Kovind deserves the position of Indian President.

Jun 19, 2017 3:13 pm (IST)

Shiv Sena says it will take time to decide on its support for BJP’s Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. “We wanted Mohan Bhagwat for the post. Amit Shah called Uddhav ji after the BJP meeting and they discussed the issue. He sought support for Kovind’s candidature,” said Sanjay Raut, Shiv Shiv leader.

Jun 19, 2017 3:11 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 3:08 pm (IST)

We will decide in opposition meeting: Sharad Yadav, JDU

Jun 19, 2017 3:06 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 3:05 pm (IST)

The CPI wants opposition parties to put up candidate against Ram Nath Kovind, reports Press Trust of India.

Jun 19, 2017 3:04 pm (IST)

Sources said Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) likely to support Ram Nath Kovind’s Candidature

Jun 19, 2017 2:59 pm (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind leaving for Delhi at 4pm to meet PM Narendra Modi tomorrow in the evening

Jun 19, 2017 2:58 pm (IST)

We will also soon give our candidate's name: Pramod Tiwari, Congress

Jun 19, 2017 2:55 pm (IST)

Gulam Nabi Azad to address a press conference  at 3:30 PM on presidential election

Jun 19, 2017 2:47 pm (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind, this name has been agreed upon by everyone in the party. This has been decided by the PM and party president, he is a Dalit leader, and he has worked a lot for the party: Thawarchand Gehlot,  Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment

Jun 19, 2017 2:40 pm (IST)

The party president will decide after discussion with the party leaders: Pramod Tiwari, Congress

Jun 19, 2017 2:38 pm (IST)

Presidential Poll Meeting of Opposition parties to be held on 22nd June 

Jun 19, 2017 2:37 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 2:34 pm (IST)

Telangana CM E Palaniswamy and TRS Chief KC Rao extends support to BJP's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind 

Jun 19, 2017 2:33 pm (IST)

PM Modi spoke to Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, AP CM Chandrababu Naidu and TN CM E Palaniswamy on Ram Nath Kovind being the BJP’s presidential nominee 

Jun 19, 2017 2:31 pm (IST)

Venkaiah Naidu informed LK Advani and MM Joshi before announcement of name of Ram Nath Kovind as the BJP's presidential candidate.  

Jun 19, 2017 2:30 pm (IST)

The opposition will consider the BJP’s name and decide the next course of action. Pavan Kumar Varma, JDU

Jun 19, 2017 2:24 pm (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind served as member of the board of management of BR Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He also served as member of board of governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.  Kovind represented India in United Nations (New York) and addressed the UN General Assembly in October, 2002.​ 

Jun 19, 2017 2:23 pm (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind has served as a member in many important Parliamentary committees, including those on welfare of scheduled castes/tribes, home affairs, petroleum and natural gas, social justice and empowerment and law and justice. He was also chairman of Rajya Sabha House Committee. 

Jun 19, 2017 2:19 pm (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind will file his nomination for president on June 23, says Amit Shah

Jun 19, 2017 2:16 pm (IST)

No there has been no discussion yet on names for Vice President: Amit Shah

Jun 19, 2017 2:15 pm (IST)

Before deciding the President candidate name we have consulted a large number of parties. I am hopeful that president candidate will be decided with consensus: Amit Shah

Jun 19, 2017 2:13 pm (IST)

PM Narendra Modi spoke to Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh to seek their support for prez pick Ram Nath Kovind: Amit Shah 

Jun 19, 2017 2:11 pm (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind  became a Rajya Sabha MP in April 1994 from Uttar Pradesh and served for two consecutive terms for 12 years till March 2006. ​

Jun 19, 2017 2:10 pm (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind  was Central Government Advocate in Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979 and Central Government Standing Counsel in Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993. He became Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court in 1978. He practised in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years till 1993. He was enrolled as an advocate in 1971 with the Bar Council of Delhi. 

Jun 19, 2017 2:04 pm (IST)

Ram Nath Kovind is a former President of the BJP Dalit Morcha (1998-2002) and President of the All-India Koli Samaj. He is an advocate by profession and practices in Delhi.

Jun 19, 2017 2:02 pm (IST)

Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind to be BJP’s nominee for Presidential elections: Amit Shah

Jun 19, 2017 1:51 pm (IST)

BJP to address a press conference at 2pm. Amit Shah likely to announce name of NDA candidate for presidential candidate. 

Jun 19, 2017 1:47 pm (IST)

Sushma Swaraj came out of the BJP parliamentary meet to pay a visit to the Foreign Minister of Gabon. 

Jun 19, 2017 1:35 pm (IST)

The Electoral College which elects the President through the system of proportional representation, comprises MPs and members of state legislative assemblies. A total of 4896 voters—4120 MLAs and 776 elected MPs—are eligible to cast their ballot. MLCs of states with legislative councils are not part of the Electoral College. 

Jun 19, 2017 1:34 pm (IST)

The tenure of incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24. 

Jun 19, 2017 1:15 pm (IST)

BJP Parliamentary board meeting over 

Jun 19, 2017 1:10 pm (IST)

Sushma Swaraj leaves parliamentary board meeting as she has another appointment

Jun 19, 2017 1:03 pm (IST)

The NDA would finalise a name for the presidential election by June 23. If there is no consensus between the NDA and the opposition, the number of candidates in the fray will be clear by July 1 evening.

Jun 19, 2017 12:37 pm (IST)

The Presidential polls will be held on July 17 and the counting of votes will take place on July 20 in New Delhi where all the ballot boxes will be brought.  

Jun 19, 2017 12:34 pm (IST)

They haven't decided on a name yet, even when Arun Jaitleyji called me, he didn't have a name for presidential candidate: Nitish Kumar 

Jun 19, 2017 12:30 pm (IST)

Jun 19, 2017 12:28 pm (IST)

The nomination process for the Presidential Election began from June 14 with the issuance of a notification and the last date for filing of nomination is June 28. The last date of withdrawal of candidature will be July 1.

Jun 19, 2017 12:25 pm (IST)

BJP Parliamentary board meeting begins under the chairmanship of PM Narendra Modi 

Jun 19, 2017 12:22 pm (IST)

PM Narendra Modi arrives at party HQ for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting to discuss its nominee for the upcoming Presidential elections.

Jun 19, 2017 12:13 pm (IST)

Opposition has indicated that there could be a consensus with government only on a secular candidate. Gopal Krishna Gandhi, a former diplomat along with current incumbent Pranab Mukherjee are the top choices for the Opposition. 

Jun 19, 2017 12:05 pm (IST)

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Sushma Swaraj and Ananth Kumar arrives for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting

Jun 19, 2017 11:54 am (IST)

The Congress, the Left Front and the Trinamool Congress  are waiting for the BJP to name its candidate. Senior Congress leaders could meet under the chairmanship of Sonia Gandhi if BJP announces its candidature today. 

Jun 19, 2017 11:52 am (IST)

In South, the AIADMK, the TDP and allies like Ram Vilas Paswan's Lok Janashakti Party said they will stand by PM Modi's decision. BJP ally Shiv Sena, though, has objected to it.

Jun 19, 2017 11:48 am (IST)

Last week, Rajnath Singh and Venkaiah Naidu had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi, while, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury, S Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja Naidu held a detailed discussion with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar over the phone on Saturday.

Jun 19, 2017 11:29 am (IST)

BJP President Amit Shah arrives at party HQ for BJP Parliamentary Board meeting scheduled to take place at 12 noon in Delhi to discuss its nominee for the upcoming Presidential elections.

Jun 19, 2017 11:07 am (IST)

Sources close to the BJP leadership had earlier told News18 that Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agarwal met Union minister Venkaiah Naidu and communicated that they would want a "political person" in the Raisina Hill. 

Jun 19, 2017 11:00 am (IST)

Opposition parties will hold a similar meeting on June 22. But if the BJP announces a nominee, senior Congress leaders may hold their meeting today, sources tell CNN-News18.

Jun 19, 2017 10:45 am (IST)

The BJP has called a meetings of its parliamentary board, the party’s highest decision-making body to deliberate on a nominee for the upcoming presidential elections. The meeting will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and Union ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. The meeting is being five days before Modi leaves for the United States.

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