Ram Nath Kovind is the NDA candidate for the post of President of India

Newsroom24x7 Staff

In 1997, Ram Nath Kovind joined the movement to protect the interests of SC and ST employees and succeeded in getting some Central Government orders declared as null and void with the passage of three Amendments in the Constitution of India during the first NDA regime. Significantly, the 81st and 82nd Constitution Amendments. Including the amendment to protect SC / ST reservation in filling backlog of vacancies (June 2000); and permit relaxation of qualifying marks and other criteria in reservation in promotion for SC / ST candidates (September 2000) was a result of this protest.

Kovind, who became a Rajya Sabha Member in 1994, also played a key role in the passage of the 77th Constitution Amendment (Amend article 16) on 17 June 1995. This was a technical amendment to protect reservation to SC/ST Employees in promotions.

Bihar Governor Ram Narh Kovind

New Delhi: The BJP today named Bihar Governor and a dalit leader Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA’s candidate for the post of president of India.

Kovind is expected to file his papers on June 23. This was announced by BJP president Amit Shah after a meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board.

Addressing a press conference here, the BJP President said that political parties have been informed of the choice of the candidate. he expressed the hope that there will be a consensus.

Ram Nath Kovind, was born on October 1, 1945 at Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh.

Kovind acquried the B.Com. and L.L.B. degrees from Kanpur University, Uttar Pradesh.

During his career as an advocate, Kovind, was Central Government Advocate in Delhi High Court from 1977 to 1979 and Central Government Standing Counsel in Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993. He became Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court of India in 1978. He practiced in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years till 1993. He was enrolled as an Advocate in 1971 with the Bar Council of Delhi.

Kovind was elected and became a Rajya Sabha MP in April 1994 from Uttar Pradesh and served for two consecutive terms for 12 years till March, 2006.

He served as Member on following important Parliamentary Committees:-
Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes.
Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs.
Parliamentary Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment.
Parliamentary Committee on Law and Justice.
Chairman of Rajya Sabha House Committee.

Kovind served as Member of Board of Management of Dr. B.R Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He also served as Member of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. He represented India in United Nations (New York) and addressed United Nations General Assembly in October, 2002.

Kovind, who is widely travelled, has been a crusader for the Rights and Cause of Weaker Sections, specially Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, OBCs, Minorities and Women from his student days.

In 1997, Kovind joined the movement to protect the interests of SC and ST employees and succeeded in getting some Central Government orders declared as null and void with the passage of three Amendments in the Constitution of India during the first NDA regime. Significantly, the 81st and 82nd Constitution Amendments. Including the amendment to protect SC / ST reservation in filling backlog of vacancies (June 2000); and permit relaxation of qualifying marks and other criteria in reservation in promotion for SC / ST candidates (September 2000) was a result of this protest.

Kovind, who became a Rajya Sabha Member in 1994, also played a key role in the passage of the 77th Constitution Amendment (Amend article 16) on 17 June 1995. This was a technical amendment to protect reservation to SC/ST Employees in promotions.

During his parliamentary tenure of 12 years, Kovind emphasized on the need for development of basic infrastructure for education in rural areas by helping in construction of school buildings in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand under M.P. L.A.D. Scheme.

As an advocate, he took a leading role in providing free legal aid to the weaker sections of society, specially SC/ST women, needy and the poor under the aegis of “Free Legal Aid Society” in Delhi.

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