Shri Ram Nath Kovind’s selection to become the next President of India was a tightly kept secret that only a handful knew. So when this was announced it was total surprise for everyone. Over the broad two month search process, many expected names did the rounds, but Shri Kovind’s name was never mentioned. Shri Kovind, from Kanpur in UP, was spotted by the BJP leadership during the run up to the 2014 Loks Sabha elections. He gave up his personal interests to become an MP for party work and to canvas Dalit voters. During the Bihar elections, PM Modi spoke highly of him. So there were some hints but otherwise this decision, while a very good one, came as a total surprise.
Source: India Today
- 30 Jun 2017
India will elect a new president in July of this year. Several names are floated around including Sushma Swaraj, our current foreign minister, L.K. Advani who led the NDA alliance before, Mohan Bhagwat who heads the RSS, and several others – India is fortunate in this respect. Sushma has been our best foreign minister, seems to be working pretty much non-stop. There are stories of how she tweeted and instructed her ministry to help estranged Indians in the Gulf and other places from her hospital bed where she was getting a kidney transplant. No names have been made official by any party. But Sushma Swaraj Ji is really capable – continues as a terrific foreign minister, was the leader of the opposition, had been a chief minister, has age on her side and a constitutionalist. Her selection would be an exceptional decision.
Source: Daily Pioneer
- 1 Apr 2017