Bihar Guv Ram Nath Kovind is NDA candidate for President

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The decision was taken after a BJP Parliamentary Board meeting earlier in the day. Moreover, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to leave for the U.S. on June 26 followed by Netherlands on June 27, BJP wants to have a name well in advance to try to bring the opposition on board. He was enrolled as an Advocate in 1971 with the Bar Council of Delhi. Kovind belongs to the Dalit community Koli and had worked extensively in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and also has the backing of BJP's ideological parent, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

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The election hinges on the Opposition's decision to field their own candidate, if they fail to arrive at a consensus with the ruling BJP.

Naidu also spoke to Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav and Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agrawal over phone and met Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Satish Chandra Mishra in this regard.

Kovind's nomination to the largely ceremonial post of president would be expected to garner enough votes from the BJP and its allies in an electoral college that brings together federal and state lawmakers.

Sena MP Sanjay Raut, speaking with news channel NDTV, said: "You made a three-member committee, Amit Shah has met other leaders, then what is the point in all this..."

Shah said PM Modi talked with Congress leader Sonia Gandhi as well as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and informed them about the NDA's choice. He was Central Government's advocate in Delhi high court from the year 1977 to 1979 and Central Government Standing Counsel in Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993.

Kovind became Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court in 1978 and practiced law for about 16 years until 1993.

Who is Ram Nath Kovind? . 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.

A total of 50 nominators and 50 seconders are required for a candidate to stand in the election.

Notably, President Pranab Mukherjee's term ends on July 24.

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