Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah made a big announcement this afternoon at the press meet immediately after the crucial parliamentary board meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to finalize the government's pick for the next presidential elections. "We hope he will be the unanimous candidate for the election", Shah said. "He has been a party worker for decades", BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said.
The Board members were apprised about the consultation undertaken by a three-member party committee with allies and opposition parties.
Since past week, the party's committee has been engaging in fierce negotiations over the name of the candidate which will most likely garner maximum support from across the board.
Kovind as NDA choice can not be easily rejected by the opposition parties including the Congress, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United) or the Bahujan Samaj Party because of his poor background as well as his track record as a non-controversial BJP politician.
Meanwhile, Andra Pradesh and Telangana CM's Chandrababu Naidu and KC Rao have extended their willingness to support BJP's candidate Kovind for the presidential election. He was also the advocate of the Central Government in the Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979.
Shah also said that PM Narendra Modi has himself discussed Kovind's candidature with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh. He further added that the Congress president said she would have a discussion with her party leadership and then inform the BJP about their decision.
Kovind was born on October 1, 1945 at Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh.
He represented India at the United Nations and addressed the UN General Assembly in 2002.
He was elected twice to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh - 1994-2000 and 2000-2006.
President Pranab Mukherjee being welcomed by Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind at Patna airport.
Earlier, he headed the party's Dalit base and groomed several leaders for the BJP and the RSS.