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Unknown Facts about Ram Nath Kovind – 14th President of India

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.

Ram Nath Kovind

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.

Here are the facts about Ram Nath Kovind

  • Ram Nath Kovind is a Dalit leader from Derapur tehsil of Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh.
  • His family migrated to Delhi, where he trained and practised as a lawyer. He became personal secretary to then Prime Minister Morarji Desai during the Janata government in 1977.
  • BJP fielded him as party's lok sabha candidate from Ghatampur seat in 1990. He lost and never contested again.
  • He was nominated twice to Rajya Sabha, in 1994 and again in 2006. He was made the national president of BJP's SC/ST wing in 1999.
  • He was sent to Uttar Pradesh as general secretary in 2012. In 2014, he was made the Governor of Bihar. Kovind represented India in United Nations and addressed United Nations General Assembly in October, 2002.
  • He is married to Savita Kovind and has a son and a daughter.

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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