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Race to Rashtrapati Bhavan: Ram Nath Kovind vs Meira Kumar

Ram Nath Kovind is accompanied by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and National General Secratary of BJP, Bhupender Yadav.NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind, who was chosen by BJP for the post of President of India, will file his nomination papers in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The BJP announced Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind, a Dalit leader, as the NDA nominee for President. The tenure of incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24.However, the decision did not go down well with some of the political parties with Congress alleging that the announcement was made without taking the grand old party into confidence while BJP’s ally Shev Sena termed it a political move to lure vote bank. Leaders of the BJP allies including the TDP and 20 chief ministers of NDA-ruled states also accompanied Kovind as he filed hi nomination papers.Though Uttar Pradesh has given the country nine prime ministers, including incumbent Narendra Modi, who is a Lok Sabha member from Varanasi, it will be the first time that the politically crucial state will have the pride of sending someone to the Rashtrapati Bhavan if Kovind is elected.Kovind is widely expected to sail through the presidential election, although a contest is imminent as the opposition parties have fielded former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar as their nominee.Besides the NDA’s constituents, which comprise over 48.6 percent of votes in the electoral college that will elect the next president, regional parties such as the AIADMK, BJD, TRS and JD (U) have announced their support to the Dalit leader, making his win an nearly foregone conclusion.Once elected, Kovind will be the second Dalit to occupy the highest constitutional office.”The security of our country’s borders should be our top priority”, he said.He said India is the largest democracy in the world, where the post of President is “most august”. However, as the RSS chief didn’t show any inclination, the party proposed the name of Swaminathan who too didn’t show any interest.