Ram Nath Kovind is the 14th President of India, after having defeated Opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the Presidential Election 2017. He sworn-in on July. Ram Nath Kovind is the former governor of the Indian state of Bihar where he served from 2015 to 2017. Ram Nath Kovind was born on 1 October, 1945. Ram Nath Kovind was the presidential candidate for India for 2017 Indian Presidential Elections, as nominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP President Amit Shah announced the nomination of Ram Nath Kovind. The Presidential Elections 2017 India were held on July 17, 2017 and the Presidential Elections 2017 Results announced on July 20. Ram Nath Kovind was born on 1 October, 1945, in Paraunkh, Derapur in the then British India. The area now falls under Kanpur's Dehat district in Uttar Pradesh. He is a Dalit born into a farmer's family. He went on to study commerce and law from Kanpur University. Ram Nath Kovind is a BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) loyalist, having donated his ancestral property in Derapur to the RSS. He joined the BJP in 1991 and has served as the National Spokesperson of the party. Ram Nath Kovind was the President of the BJP Dalit Morcha between 1998-2002 as well as the President of the All-India Koli Samaj. He has fought in two assembly elections representing the BJP in Uttar Pradesh from Ghatampur and Bhognipur, but lost on both counts.
Ram Nath Kovind has served as a Rajya Sabha member for two terms (12 years), before being appointed the Governor of Bihar. Ram Nath Kovind is known to have executed his duties with utmost professionalism in Bihar. Ram Nath Kovind served as Governor of Bihar for two years from 2015, and resigned from his post after being nominated for the presidential elections 2017 in India.
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