The government ” s National Democratic Alliance today presented Bihar state governor Ram Nath Kovind as its candidate for next month ” s Indian presidential elections, a decision criticized by the opposition.Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu who was part of the three-member BJP committee, which interacted with the Opposition on the selection of Presidential candidate said nomination of Kovind as NDA’s nominee “is based on the inputs and suggestions from various Opposition parties besides allies of the NDA”. Dalit leader by caste, a Hindutva ideologue by thinking and a dedicated Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker by political affiliation – Kovind was born on October 1, 1945 at Kanpur Dehat.Soon after finalising the name of Kovind as the Presidential candidate at the BJP parliamentary party meeting, BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to all the NDA partners and presidents of various parties to seek their support.Reacting to the name of Bihar Governor Kovind, Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee expressed surprise over the BJP-led NDA’s presidential pick.He said Kovind had had a long innings in public life and fought for the cause of Dalits and the poor. With an illustrious background in the legal arena, he said, Kovind’s knowledge and understanding of the Constitution will benefit the nation.”We hope and want that the election of the first citizen of India (President) should take place without any controversy erupting”, Kumar told ANI. The Congress party declined to remark on the declaration however communicated disappointment over NDA’s assignment of the Presidential applicant without talking about with restriction parties.Earlier in the day, O’Brien took a dig at BJP by tweeting that he had to log on to Wikipedia and enquire about nominee Ram Nath Kovind. “The opposition will meet on June 22 – only then we can announce our decision”, she said.But Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind, 71, has attributes that not many in the NDA family can boast of. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was nowhere near national politics even two years prior to the Lok Sabha election of 2014 but what he had done thereafter is history, despite his endless tussle with the mainstream media.Modi said Kovind would make an “exceptional” President and called him a strong voice for the poor and the marginalised communities. He was a Rajya Sabha MP and the former president of the BJP Dalit Morcha.Asked whether BJD supported the NDA candidate out of any pressure, party spokesman dismissed it and said “We continue to maintain equal distance from both BJP and Congress“. Our Prime Minister had called Telangana Chief Minister KCR and told him that they have fielded a Dalit person to be the President of India. He was also the president of the All-India Koli Samaj.