New President Ram Nath Kovind is a stickler for the rule book


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Ram Nath Kovind was elected as the 14th President of India on Thursday. He is the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader to elected to this position.

Kovind, who resigned as the governor of Bihar on 20 June, enjoys cordial relations across political parties, and is known for a non-confrontational working style and scrupulously following the rule book.

These facets of Kovind became apparent when Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar broke ranks with opposition parties and decided to support Kovind.

“The Bihar chief minister had to support him. Not only does Kovind enjoy good relations with Kumar but as the governor of Bihar, he was instrumental in getting support for Kumar’s liquor ban policy. Many political leaders from various parties, including the BJP, didn’t agree with the idea initially, but it was Kovind who intervened and spoke to all political parties. Kovind told Bihar political leaders that something good was being done and all political parties must support Kumar’s decision,” said a senior leader of Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) or JD(U).


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