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new delhi: the bharatiya janata party (bjp) sprang a surprise on monday when it announced bihar governor ram nath kovind as its pick for presidential elections, scheduled on july 17.kovind, 71, is a dalit (low-caste) and the current governor of bihar.his nomination was announced by bjp president amit shah after a nearly two-hour meeting of the party’s parliamentary board on monday morning. the announcement was made after prime minister (pm) narendra modi met with shah and other top party leaders.in order to win over the opposition, modi personally spoke to congress leaders sonia gandhi and manmohan singh, as well as chief ministers of andhra pradesh, bihar and odisha.kovind is likely to file the nomination papers on june 23.shah said all constituent parties of bjp-led national democratic alliance (nda) have been informed of the presidential choice.“all allies of bjp have been informed of this decision. i hope all will agree to the name of ram nath kovind,” shah told the media.aft......

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