TRS, TDP extend support to NDA's presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind

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Kovind's name was decided during a meeting of BJP's parliamentary board chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has supported the NDA's decision to name Kovind as their presidential candidate.

The BJP has assigned three senior ministers - Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu to consult with allies like the Shiv Sena and opposition parties. Other Opposition parties have maintained a caution and have even suggested that they might float a separate candidate the next day if they don't like who BJP nominates. He became the Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court in 1978 and practised in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court for about 16 years till 1993.

Kovind, who was born on October 1, 1945 in Kanpur Dehat in Uttar Pradesh, served as Rajya Sabha MP for two consecutive terms for 12 years till March 2006.

While addressing the press conference BJP chief Amit Shah stated that "Ram Nath Kovind always fought for the betterment of the Dalits and other backward castes".

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Shah further said that the saffron party hoped that the Dalit nominee would remain unchallenged as the choice and would be unanimously selected as the President of India. He belongs to the Koli community and has worked extensively in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar before being appointed as Bihar Governor.

Hailing, Ram Nath Kovind for his work for the marginalised and poorer section of the society, Shah said that PM Modi has already had a word with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh and informed about their nominee for the president post. He also served as Member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. Voting for the next president is scheduled on July 17, while the counting will take place on July 20. In 2002, he represented India at the United Nations and addressed the UN General Assembly.

President Pranab Mukherjee being welcomed by Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind at Patna airport. He has also groomed many political leaders of the BJP and the RSS in the past.

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