Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind is BJP's presidential nominee

Ram Nath Kovind to be BJP's Presidential candidate Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 19, 2017, 04.04 AM (IST)

The BJP on Monday named Dalit leader and Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA's presidential candidate.

Ram Nath Kovind is likely to file his papers on June 23, BJP president Amit Shah said after a nearly two-hour meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Board.

He said political parties had been informed of the NDA's choice.

"I hope all will agree to the name," he said at a press conference.

The BJP Parliamentary Board meeting -- which was scheduled to shortlist the candidate for the country's top post today -- was attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah.

The presidential election is expected to be a close affair this time as neither the ruling BJP nor the opposition parties have the numbers on their side to unilaterally elect the next president of India, the highest post in the country. 

Earlier, there were unconfirmed reports that the BJP was considering Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, tribal leader Draupadi Murmu and 'Metro man' E Sreedharan for the top post.

The Congress and other opposition parties might put forward former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's names for the country's top post.

The presidential poll is scheduled to be held on July 17 from 10 am to 5 pm (Indian Standard Time) while the counting of votes is on July 20.

The president of India is elected by an electoral college consisting of national- and state-level lawmakers.

The presidential candidates are expected to file the requisite papers by June 28.





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