Ram Nath Kovind is born 1 October 1945 is an Indian politician and the 14th President of India, having won the 2017 presidential election against Meira Kumar on 17 July 2017. He was the President candidate of the NDA party in the election. Kovind will take office as president on 25 July 2017, succeeding Pranab Mukherjee as the 14th President of India.
Facts about 14th Indian President Ram Nath Kovind
Ram Nath Kovind is a Dalit leader and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).He was Governor of Bihar from Year 2015 to 2017.
Early life and education
Rm Nath Kovind was born on 1 October 1945 in Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh, His father was a farmer. He holds a Bachelors degree in commerce and a LLB from DAV College
After graduating in law from a Kanpur college, Ram Nath Kovind went to Delhi to prepare for the civil services examination. He passed this exam on his third attempt, but he did not join as he was selected for an allied service instead of IAS and thus started practicing law.
He was Central Government Advocate in the Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979 and served as a Central Government standing counsel in the Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993. In 1978, he became an advocate-on-record of the Supreme Court of India.
Ram Nath Kovind practiced in the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years until 1993. He was also enrolled as an advocate in 1971 with the bar council of Delhi. As an advocate he provided free legal aid to weaker sections of society, women and the poor under the Free Legal Aid Society in New Delhi, He also served as the personal assistant of Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai in 1977-1978.
Ram Nath Kovind joined the BJP in 1991. He was also President of the BJP Dalit Morcha between 1998 and 2002 and President of the All-India KoliSamaj. He also served as national spokesperson of the party. He donated his ancestral home in Derapur to the RSS.
He contested from Ghatampur and Bhognipur (both in Uttar Pradesh) assembly constituencies on the BJP ticket but lost both elections.
Ram Nath Kovind was elected and became a Rajya Sabha MP from the state of Uttar Pradesh in April 1994. He served a total of twelve years, two consecutive terms, until March 2006. As a member of parliament he served on the Parliamentary Committee for Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Home Affairs, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Social Justice and Empowerment, Law and Justice.
He also served as the chairman of the Rajya Sabha House Committee. During his career as a parliamentarian, under M.P. L.A.D. Scheme, he focused on education in rural areas by helping in construction of school buildings in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand. As a member of parliament, he visited Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom and the United States on study tours.