The Dalit leader first stepped into politics in 1994 when he was elected as a Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh. He served for two consecutive terms for 12 years till March, 2006. He represented India in the United Nations in New York and addressed United Nations General Assembly in October, 2002.
Bihar Governor, Ram Nath Kovind, who was born on 1st October 1945, has now become the popular face after getting elected as the 14th President of India.
Bhartiya Janta Party Chief Amit Shah has announced the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Presidential Candidate Ram Nath Kovind as India’s New President. He succeeded Pranab Mukherjee whose term ended on 24th July 2017. Mr. Kovind secured 65.6% votes and defeated his opponent Miera Kumar, former Lok Sabha Speaker who secured 34% votes.
During his parliamentary tenure, Mr. Kovind emphasised on the development of basic infrastructure for education in rural areas and helped in the construction of school buildings in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand under MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development) Scheme. He has served as a member of several parliamentary committees, including the Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment, among others.
Mr. Kovind served as a member of the Board of Management of Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
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