New Delhi, June 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced Ram Nath Kovind as NDA’s Presidential nominee. BJP chief Amit Shah announced that the Parliamentary Board decided his name and almost all the members agreed to him being the NDA candidate. Amit Shah further said that the decision has been conveyed to the opposition and the ball lies in their court now.

Who is Ram Nath KovindRam Nath Kovind is the current Governor of Bihar. The President of India had appointed him on August 8, 2015.  Ram Nath Kovind is a practising lawyer and had practised in high court and the Supreme Court.

Ram Nath Kovind was born on October 1, 1945 in Village Paraunkh, Tehsil Derapur, Kanpur Dehat. He was a politician from the Bharatiya Janata Party. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh two times- 1994-2000 and 2000-2006. He had been BJP’s Dalit Morcha chief from 1998-2002. He had also been BJP’s national spokesperson. He is a Dalit and belongs to Koli caste. He was the SC/ST representative of IIM-Calcutta. Kovind was Central Government’s Advocate in Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979 and government’s standing counsel in the Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993. (Also read: Ram Nath Kovind, Bihar Governor, is NDA’s Presidential nominee)

Amit Shah, known for surprising everybody with his chief ministerial choices, did it again with his Presidential announcements. At a time when the names of Draupadi Murmu and Sushma Swaraj had been doing the round, Kovind’s nomination is a stunner. However, with this, the BJP has played its trump card. Since he is a Dalit by caste, the opposition will have a tough time in opposing him.