Why is India's next president so unknown?
Ram Nath Kovind has been elected as the 14th President of India. With the final votes counted today, the incumbent National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government candidate Kovind scored 65.65% votes.
His nearest rival for the post, opposition United Progressive Alliance (UPA) candidate Meira Kumar has scored 35% votes.
Born on October 1, 1945 at Kanpur Dehat, it was a masterstroke decision by the NDA considering that while Kovind has good credentials, he is also a Dalit candidate and his win would make him the second Dalit President of India.
Kovind’s political journey began in April 1994, when he was elected as a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh and served for two consecutive terms for 12 years till March, 2006.