OOP Digital Desk: National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind, today, was elected as the 14th President of India. Kovind received 65.6 percent votes that translates to 7,02,044 electoral college votes, while United Progressive Alliance candidate Meira Kumar won 34.35 percent (3,67,314) votes.
Cross-voting was reported from Gujarat, Goa, and Uttar Pradesh during the elections that helped Kovind pocket the massive two-third votes. Incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee’s term ends on 24 July and Kovind will be sworn in the following day.
Here are 10 interesting facts about India’s new President.
1. Ram Nath Kovind was born on 1 October 1945, at Kanpur Dehat district.
2. He has a bachelor’s degree in law and commerce, both from Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, earlier known as Kanpur University.
3. After his graduation in law, Kovind went to Delhi to prepare for the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) examination. He failed twice but passed in the third attempt. He, however, didn’t join the service.
4. Kovind is only the second Dalit, after KR Narayanan, to become the President of India.
5. He is a lawyer by profession, and from 1977 to 1979, was an advocate of the central government at the Delhi high court.
6. Kovind has been a member of the Delhi bar council. He has also practiced in the Supreme Court.
7. Ram Nath Kovind has been a two-time Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh since 1994.
8. He has been the BJP Dalit Morcha president from 1998 to 2003.
9. The President-elect was one of the board members of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
10. He is married to Savita Kovind, and has a daughter Swati and a son named Prashant Kumar.
11. The senior Dalit leader served as the private secretary to the then Indian premier Morarji Desai, in 1977. He was also the national spokesperson of BJP.
12. He was appointed the governor of Bihar on 8 August 2015.
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