In one stroke, Opposition’s unity was thrown into disarray as BJP announced the name of Dalit leader and Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind as NDA’s Presidential candidate.
Kovind, a low profile and highly respected leader within the BJP, hails from Kanpur in UP and is known to be a hardcore organization man.
Advertisement opens in new windowKnown for his Spartan lifestyle, Kovind is believed to have lived in a rented apartment in Delhi's Kalibari area before becoming an MP in 1994.
The decision left the Opposition nonplussed as they would find it difficult to oppose his candidature owing to his Dalit credentials.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, and other political leaders on the issue.