Ram Nath Kovind Flashback: Words And Speeches Of The NDA Presidential Candidate

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| October 1 , 2018 , 08:49 IST

The announcement of Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as the NDA candidate for the upcoming presidential elections took everyone by surprise as his name was not among those expected, although none can deny that Kovind is a strong candidate.

An advocate of the Supreme Court, Kovind has twice served as a member of the Rajya Sabha and is also a former president of the BJP Dalit Morcha. Kovind is regarded as a pioneer for the rights of weaker sections of society.

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Due to the surprise announcement, the public scurried to find out all they could about Ram Nath Kovind. While the facts about Kovind have become general knowledge, it's his own words that can give the best impression of him.

In 2000:

Kovind was elected from Uttar Pradesh for two consecutive terms of the Rajya Sabha, from 1994 to 2000 and then from 2000 to 2006. During his term, he emphasised the importance of infrastructure and rural development.

In a speech given in the Rajya Sabha in 2000, Kovind speaks on the Companies Amendment Bill 2000, view his speech below:

In 2010:

During Nitin Gadkari's tenure as BJP chief, Ram Nath Kovind was appointed as the BJP national spokesperson in 2010. In a controversial speech during a press conference in 2010, Kovind was quoted as saying 'Islam and Christianity are alien' to India and even if their economic condition requires it, they should not be given quota in government jobs, education and legislation.

Kovind's controversial statement came as he was clarifying the BJP stand against the Ranganath Mishra Commission report which recommended a 15 percent quota in government jobs for religious and linguistic minorities.

Ironically, Kovind himself has pioneered for rights of Dalits and was also a a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes and the Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment among others.

In 2016:

At a time when the country was reeling from the effects of the demonetisation announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the various politicians of the nation were divided in their views on demonetisation.

Then the Governor of Bihar, Ram Nath Kovind spoke at an annual function of the Bihar Chamber of Commerce in December 2016, and praised demonetisation as ‘a positive effort’ and said it will ‘free the society of black money and corruption’.

Media at the time quoted him as saying, "As a result of demonetisation, weaker sections of society would get relief while the financial and trade activities would get a boost through greater transparency the measure would bring in."

April 2017

If Ram Nath Kovind is elected as the next President of India, he will become the second Dali to hold the esteemed position, following KR Narayanan who served as the President from 1997 to 2002. Kovind has been hailed for his efforts to fight for the rights of Dalits, and in a clip published in April 2017, Kovind speaks about another legendary pioneer for the rights of Dalits- Dr.Babasihb Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

View the clip below:

January 2017

During his tenure as the Governor of Bihar, Kovind has come out as a supporter of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's policy of prohibition. During the Republic Day function of 2017, Kovind praised the state government for implementing total prohibition in the state.

Kovind was quoted as saying, "Bihar has laid a strong foundation stone for social change by implementing complete prohibition in the state. With the cooperation of all, prohibition has turned into a campaign for social change. Socio-economic conditions of people have improved considerably since enforcement of prohibition on 5 April last year. Decline in domestic violence, disputes in family and other crimes have been noticed."

January 2017

As the Governor of Bihar, Kovind proved himself to be unbiased as well. While lauding the prohibition and hailing the Nitish Kumar government for “ensuring good governance in Bihar” Kovind also critiqued the state of higher education in the state.

Kovind was quoted as saying that “higher education in Bihar was on the verge of collapse,” a strong statement especially considering that since he is Governor he is also the chancellor of universities in Bihar.

It remains to be seen how Ram Nath Kovind would fare if he is elected as the next President of India.