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    BJP President Amit Shah with Bihar Governor and NDA Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. (Photo Courtesy: amitshah.co.in)
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    Who is Ram Nath Kovind, the RSS Man NDA Nominated For President?

    Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind has been named as BJP's presidential nominee. BJP chief Amit Shah made the announcement following the BJP’s parliamentary committee meet on 19 June. The NDA allies are yet to endorse BJP’s nomination.

    Kovind, a lawyer by profession, began his career in 1971. He worked in the capacity of an advocate for the central government in Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979. Throughout his 16-year-long legal career, he practised in both the Delhi HC and the Supreme Court.

    Follow updates on Kovind’s nomination on The Quint.

    As an advocate, Kovind took the lead in providing free legal aid to weaker sections, especially the SC/ST women, and poor and needy girls under the aegis of the Free Legal Aid Society in Delhi.

    Kovind was elected as a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh. He served two consecutive terms for 12 years, from 1994 to 2006.

    Kovind joined a stir by SC/ST employees when in 1997 certain orders were issued by the Centre which adversely affected their interests. These orders were later declared null and void after the passage of three amendments in the Constitution during the rule of the first NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

    During his stint as a parliamentarian, Kovind emphasised on the need for infrastructure development and rural education. He helped build schools in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, reported The Hindu.

    Kovind, who belongs to the Koli community, has served as the president of the BJP Dalit Morcha and the chief of the All-India Koli Samaj.

    The “RSS loyalist” was appointed the BJP national spokesperson in 2010, during Nitin Gadkari’s tenure as BJP chief, reported Asian Age.

    While the NDA nominee has a Facebook account, he is not active on social media.

    He has represented India at the United Nations and has addressed the UN General Assembly in 2002. He has also served in various parliamentary committees in various capacities.

    Kovind was appointed the Bihar Governor by President Pranab Mukerjee in 2015. According to reports, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was unhappy with his appointment and had questioned the Centre for having selected Kovind without consulting the state government.

    As per the precedent so far, the central government, the home minister talks to the state government, its chief minister on it (appointment of governor)... This time there is no consultation. I have also got the information (about the appointment) through media.
    Nitish Kumar to Hindustan Times in 2015

    Positions Ram Nath Kovind Has Held Over the Years

    1971-1975: General Secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Koli Samaj

    1977-1979: Central Government Advocate in Delhi High Court

    1982-1984: Central Government Junior Counsel in Supreme Court

    1986: General Secretary of the Depressed Classes Legal Aid Bureau

    1994-2000: Elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh

    1995-1996: Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Communications

    1995-1997: Member, Committee on Home Affairs

    1996-1999: Member, Committee on the Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

    1996-1999: Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Railways

    1997: Member, BJP National Executive Committee

    1998-2000 & 2002-2004: Member, Committee on Petroleum and Chemicals

    1998-2000 & 2002-2004: Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation

    1999-2002: National President, B.J.P. Scheduled Caste Morcha

    2000-2006: Elected to the Rajya Sabha for 2nd Term from Uttar Pradesh

    2000-2004: Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

    2000-2002: Member, Committee on Petitions

    2002 -2004: Chairman, House Committee, Rajya Sabha

    2002-2004: Member, General Purposes Committee

    2002: Member, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata

    2003: Member, Board of Management of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow

    2015 onwards: Governor of Bihar

    (Inputs from Factly)

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