In a surprise turn of events, the Bharatiya Janata Party proposed the name of Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind as their candidate for the upcoming Presidential election. Seventy-one-year-old Kovind is from Kanpur. He was previously elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. Kovind used to practice as a Supreme Court lawyer.
Ram Nath Kovind (born 1 October 1945) is the present Governor of Bihar and the NDA candidate for the position of the President of India. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from state of Uttar Pradesh during the two terms of 1994-2000 and 2000-2006. He is an advocate by profession and practices in Delhi.
On June 19, 2017, BJP president Amit Shah declared him the NDA candidate for the post of Indian President.