New Delhi, June 20: BJP chief Amit Shah on Monday surprised everyone as he announced NDA’s Presidential candidate. Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind has been chosen as the ruling party’s nominee. The Dalit champion and senior advocate is a legal luminary and had maintained a low profile even when he had been a BJP spokesperson. The leader had been BJP’s Dalit morcha chief and had been Rajya Sabha member two times.

While announcing his nomination, Amit Shah said that he had worked really hard to first establish his lawyering practice and then having an illustrious political career. Amit Shah was right. Ram Nath Kovind had worked really hard to come out of penury.

According to a report in Amar Ujala, Ram Nath Kovind was a meritious student during his student days. Despite problems, he didn’t let lose focus on his studies. His friend would play, but he would study outside his house. His friend Veerendra Singh said that he was the most intelligent in their friend circle.He used to walk 8 km from his village daily on foot for studying in his school. He completed his schooling from the prestigious BSDN college in Kanpur. Kovind’s father Maikulal was a priest in local temple. After his parents death, he stopped visiting his village Prayagpur Dilwal. (Also read: Will Ram Nath also face challenges like Rajendra Prasad, Pranab Mukherjee?)

Kovind’s philanthropy 

Ram Nath Kovind had been a Dalit champion and fought for their emancipation.  Kovind also did a lot for his native village. He donated his ancestral home to the people of the village. He built a community centre using his Rajya Sabha MP fund. After becoming governor, he once visited his native village. People demanded a bank branch and government hand pump. After some time, both the demands were fulfilled.

Political career

He remained BJP’s national spokesperson for long but addressed only one press conference and went on only one TV debate.